Girls volleyball beats Zephs on senior night
The performance was unlike the 2018 Emmaus girls volleyball team this season. The Green Hornets had won their first 12 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference matches, including wins over some of the top teams in the league.
But the last full week of the regular season was unkind to the Hornets.
Emmaus dropped two East Penn Conference matches last week, falling to Parkland and then Nazareth.
But the Green Hornets (14-3 overall, 13-2 EPC) bounced back on senior night, and took down Whitehall 3-0 by scores of 25-19, 25-16 and 25-12 last Thursday night at Emmaus High School.
“It feels really special to be able to win on senior night, on my last match on this court,” said senior setter Caroline Bond. “It’s surreal that this day has come. It was great being able to go out there and get a win with my teammates.”
Bond continued a stellar varsity career, starting for multiple seasons as the point guard of the team in setting up and creating the offense. She finished with 26 assists, eight digs and four service aces.
“It’s been a great experience,” said Bond on her four years at Emmaus. “We have had some really good teams and I’ve played with some really good players. This year isn’t over yet. We have a lot that we are playing for still, and we know that we can accomplish more. I’m excited for what’s ahead.”
It was important for the Hornets to stop the bleeding after their first two-match losing streak of the season, and they accomplished that in comfortable fashion.
“Parkland and Nazareth are great teams, so they brought their best against us,” Bond said. “We were able to beat them earlier in the season, but it’s always tough to beat someone twice in a row. I know we’ll see them again, and we’ll have to be ready.”
Emmaus never really was threatened by the Zephyrs (8-9, 6-9) as it increased its margin of victory each set. The Hornets used their size and athleticism at the front of the net to overpower Whitehall.
“I know that as a setter it’s my job to give good passes to our hitters,” said Bond. “We have some good hitters up front and if I can make it easy for them to get a good hit on the ball, we will do well offensively.”
Macy Van Den Elzen tallied 12 kills, four digs and four service aces, and Jaya Bhagat had seven kills. Rebecca Dalstad and Caley McLaughlin contributed eight digs and six digs respectively.
Emmaus opened postseason play in the EPC tournament Tuesday. The Hornets earned the top seed for the tournament and hosted No. 8 Freedom in the quarterfinal round, which was played after Press deadline.
A quarterfinal win would put Emmaus in the semifinals Thursday at 7 p.m. at Whitehall against either No. 4 Nazareth or No. 5 Bethlehem Catholic. The league title match is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday.