Warriors top MC, fall to McCaskeyBoys Volleyball
By: BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor email@example.com, Staff Writer
Win two of three.
That was the goal of the Warwick boys volleyball team heading into a week which had Manheim Central, McCaskey and Hempfield staring at them.
The Warriors got a big lift on Monday when they went to five games and earned a 3-2 decision over the Barons, a State pre-season top-10 ranked Double-A team.
Unfortunately, that cost them some of their energy when they traveled to Lancaster on Tuesday, where they dropped a 3-2 loss (25-18, 25-23, 19-25, 22-25, 15-13) to McCaskey in a Section One match.
“The only issue (with the Central win) is it went five games and … we didn’t have any energy (against McCaskey),” Warwick coach Nate Gajecki said. “I hate using the cliché that it was a trap game. We just had a huge win against Manheim Central, we’re looking forward to playing Hempfield on Thursday and we did not take care of business and McCaskey played really well.”
The Tornado, led by senior middle hitter Jesse Riest’s 27 kills, took the first two games, 25-18, 25-23. Warwick dug deep, however, and won the next two 25-19, 25-22 to force the match to the limit. Colby Weit’s 22 kills and four aces paced the Warwick boys.
Ultimately, however, the Tornado came back to edge Warwick 15-13 in game five to clinch it. Gavin Schaffer chipped in with six blocks and Kyle Maysilles added six digs for the Warriors in the loss.
“Jesse Reist played extremely well for them and we just didn’t adapt to the way that they were playing,” Gajecki said.
Monday night, however, was a different story. In a back-and-forth showdown with the Barons, MC star Josiah Hershberger had a match-high 24 kills and four blocks and the Barons took the first game, 25-22, but Warwick answered by winning the next two in hard-fought fashion, 25-23, 25-22. Weit and Schaffer finished with 13 and nine kills, respectively, to pace the Warriors.
“(Central) made a great run last year at the League title and they’ve got a heck of a player in Josiah Hershberger,” Gajecki said. “But our kids, and I’ll steal (MC coach) Craig (Dietrich)’s quote, we outworked them. We made an effort for every ball, we played some great defense. We played within ourselves, but kept the pressure on them.”
The Barons, though, didn’t go away, and they won game four 25-15 to pull even. Austin Good finished with 13 kills and Robbie Lawyer added two aces for Manheim Central.
Ultimately, however, the Warriors jumped to a quick 7-1 lead in the fifth game and prevailed by a score of 15-10. Weit chipped in with three blocks and Zac Riddick served up four aces in the winning cause.
“We made a point with the guys to go out and get a jump on them early,” Gajecki said. “We didn’t change our rotation — we just started a little bit differently to get some better match-ups. We really played well in the beginning of the fifth game. We got some big blocks by Gavin and Colby and just some great defensive plays from my other guys.”
Last Thursday, the Warriors dropped a 3-0 loss (25-17, 25-17, 25-15) to Penn Manor in Section One action in Lititz. Weit’s six kills and three blocks led the way in a losing cause.
Manheim Central, meanwhile, had no problems with Lebanon, riding Hershberger’s 12 kills and two blocks to an easy 3-0 victory (25-6, 25-7, 25-7). Nate Ginder chipped in with seven aces.
The Manheim Central and Warwick boys opened their Section slates last Tuesday, March 27 in strong style, each coming away with a 3-0 shutout.
In Section One, the Warriors got eight kills from Weit and made quick work of host Cedar Crest, winning 25-18, 25-17, 26-24 in Cornwall. Keller chipped in with two aces and Schaffer stepped up with three blocks at the net to help lead the young Warriors.
The Barons, meanwhile, got a huge night from Hershberger, who registered 22 kills and eight blocks to lead Manheim Central in a convincing 25-11, 25-14, 25-9 victory over visiting Cocalico in Manheim.
Luke Spang served up two aces in the win for the MC boys. More WARRIORS, page B-5