Girls volleyball falls in state tournament
The Emmaus girls volleyball team was able to check off all of its major goals this season.The team won a large number of games during the regular season, qualified for both the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 Class 4A playoffs, and competed in the state playoff tournament.
But the Hornets’ magical 2018 run came to an end in the first round of the state playoffs. Emmaus fell to District 1’s Garnet Valley by scores of 25-17, 25-20, 25-23 at Upper Dublin High School.
“Anybody that makes it to the state tournament is going to be very good and we knew that this was going to be a tough game,” said Hornet head coach Gwen Millets. “It’s always hard losing, but especially at this stage and having our season end. I’m really proud of this team. All these years we’ve talked about reaching states, and they were finally able to achieve it.”
Emmaus went 25-7-1 overall in 2018.
Playing in its first state tournament game since 1995, the Hornets were competitive all match on the biggest stage. The Jaguars (20-3) were just a bit more experienced when it came to the state tournament, having competed in it the last two years and winning the state championship in 2016.
“I just think unforced errors hurt us,” Millets said. “That’s been getting us the last few games, especially in the postseason. We needed to prevent that to give ourselves a better chance.”
Emmaus bounced back well in the second set, playing point-for-point with the Jaguars, and even tying the score at 20-20 late in the set. But the Hornets were unable to produce another point in the game.
Trailing 2-0 still, Emmaus did not give in and kept fighting. Emmaus was behind 14-7 but rattled off 13 of the next 19 points to tie the score 20-20. Garnet Valleywas once again able to close out the set and the match.
Macy Van Den Elzen led Emmaus with 13 kills. Jaya Bhagat and Makenzie Krasley added nine and seven kills respectively. Kelsie Baus and Caley McLaughlin recorded nine and six digs respectively. Caroline Bond tallied 26 assists and 10 digs for Emmaus.
The Green Hornets will graduate five seniors, including Bond, McLaughlin, Georgia Duddy, Hannah Lingold and Rebecca Dalstad.
Garnet Valley won its next match in the quarterfinal round, defeating Cumberland Valley in straight sets. It faced North Allegheny in the semifinals Tuesday in a match that was played after Press deadline. The other Class 4A semifinal has District 11 champ Parkland facing District 1 champ Bishop Shanahan (21-0).