Lady Warriors stretch win streak to three Girls Volleyball
The Warwick girls’ volleyball team ran its winning streak to three with a decisive victory over Cedar Crest in Lititz last Thursday. The Lady Warriors played possibly their best league match of the season while sweeping Cedar Crest.
"Besides the Dallastown tournament," Warwick coach Jen Wanner said, "this was our best volleyball we’ve played all season. Certainly it was our best effort in a single match set-up."
This effort resulted in a straight-set victory for the Warriors by scores of 25-10, 25-14 and 25-11. Warwick took early leads in all three matches and in two of the three sets did not allow the visiting Falcons to reach double digits in points until the outcome of the set was more or less already determined.
Cedar Crest had only one scoring run that reached as many as three points during the evening as Warwick played solid volleyball and made few mistakes.
"We have been focusing in practice on unforced errors," Wanner said. "We have been working on our awareness that unforced errors have an impact on our winning margin."
In the first set, Warwick jumped out to an 11-4 lead capitalizing on the strength of a pair of kills each from junior Gabby Yellets and senior Emily Buckwalter. Senior Greta Weidemoyer also added a kill and a serving ace in the early run.
The Lady Warriors maintained their lead as sophomore Callie Donmoyer served an ace and Buckwalter served three more. By the time sophomore Gia Gruett recorded her third kill of the set, Warwick had a 21-9 lead and was cruising. Senior Abby Wenger punctuated the victory with a servicing ace of her own for Warwick’s final point in the 25-10 victory.
Warwick came out strong again in the second set and took a commanding 13-5 lead. Buckwalter recorded two kills in the early run, and Gruett added a kill. The Warwick servers continued to keep the pressure on Cedar Crest as junior Sarah Rodgers served two aces and Weidemoyer and Donmoyer each served one ace. Keeping the unforced errors to a minimum, the Lady Warriors kept Cedar Crest from making any sustained runs. By the time Buckwalter added her third kill of the set, Warwick led 21-12. Weidemoyer and Gruett recorded kills for Warwick’s last two points to seal the set victory, 25-14.
The two-set lead allowed Wanner to make some substitutions in the third set, and still the Lady Warriors continued their strong play.
"It’s good to see we can bring people off the bench and not lose our momentum," Wanner said.
The third set followed much the same script as the first two. Two serving aces by Buckwalter, three kills by Weidemoyer and one by Gruett propelled Warwick to a quick 9-3 lead. The Lady Warriors finished the match strong from there as Buckwalter added two more kills and a servicing ace, while Donmoyer added another ace. As she did in the first set, Wenger finished off the Lady Falcons with a servicing ace for the final point in the 25-11 victory.
For the match, Buckwalter led the way with seven kills, while Weidemoyer and Gruett each added six. Buckwalter also led with five serving aces. Donmoyer, Rodgers and Weidemoyer each totaled three aces. Gruett led the team with two blocks, and Wenger recorded eight digs.
In other action last week, the Warriors traveled to Lancaster City and swept McCaskey 25-16, 25-15 and 25-9 last Tuesday, Sept. 12. Buckwalter led the team with 11 kills and added four digs. Wenger also had four digs and Tristan Booker served five aces.
The Lady Warriors hoped to continue to eliminate the unforced errors as they traveled to Landisville on Tuesday to play the No. 1-ranked team in the state, Hempfield. Results from the Hempfield match will appear in next week’s issue of the Lititz Record Express. Tonight (Thursday), Warwick hosts Manheim Township at 7 p.m. More WHS VOLLEYBALL, page B-8