Volleyball falls to Nazareth
It felt like déjà vu for the Emmaus girls volleyball team.
Emmaus and Nazareth met again on the court for the second time in nine days, the third time this month. And once again the Blue Eagles got the better of the Hornets.
Nazareth took down Emmaus in the District 11 Class 4A semifinals in five games (25-16, 23-25, 22-25, 25-22, 15-9) on Thursday, Oct. 26.
“They were all hard-fought matches,” said Emmaus head coach Gwen Millets. “It is such a pleasure to play a great team like Nazareth and we have a good time when we do play one another. We know they will be intense matches and we are always ready for a good battle. It made us better as a team to play Nazareth.”
The Blue Eagles came out and dominated the first game, opening up a 20-9 lead and finishing it off. The next three games were all tightly-contested.
The front-line hitters for Emmaus had their hands full, not only looking for the kills offensively, but also having to slow down and try and block the powerful hitters of Nazareth.
“Nazareth really does have some powerful and smart hitters on the outside that are able to power through and over blocks,” Millets said. “They also have a dynamic offense with really good hitters in the middle and opposite as well.”
The Hornets won games two and three and with momentum on their side it looked like they were going to come out on top.
But the big Blue Eagles hitters made it difficult for anyone on Emmaus to return their shots.
“I thought we had a lot of momentum going into that fourth set,” said Millets. “We were in a good place at that time and had a lot of good energy but unfortunately, we just made too many errors in the fourth and fifth sets.”
Millets said goodbye to another successful senior group. Georgia Traynor, Adelina Rivera-Woolard, Katelyn McGinley and Abigail Perkins all contributed during their four-year careers.
Perkins finished the match with seven kills and two blocks. McGinley had eight digs and Traynor contributed 11. Rivera-Woolard tallied 13 kills and seven digs. Macy Van Den Elzen ended the night with 11 kills. Kelsie Baus had four digs and Caroline Bond finished with 38 assists, 16 digs, and seven kills.
“These seniors brought a lot of smiles, laughs, and intensity to our team,” Millets said. “They were phenomenal leaders and excellent students, and our underclassmen really looked up to them. These seniors are an amazing group of kids. Not only do they work hard in the gym, but they work hard in the classroom and in the community. It gets harder and harder to graduate the seniors, but this group is really very special. We will all miss them a lot, but they will forever be a part of our Emmaus volleyball family.”