Lady Warriors drop close losses in Section playGirls’ Volleyball

By on September 14, 2011

The Warwick girls’ volleyball team dropped its first two Section One matches in the past week, but in between those losses, the Lady Warriors managed to sandwich an impressive showing at the Dallastown Invitational Tournament over the weekend.

While Warwick is still looking for its first league win, they have come very close. In four of their first six sets, the Lady Warriors have lost by five points or fewer.

In a match between two evenly-matched teams Monday night at Manheim Township, the Blue Streaks swept the match in three sets, 25-22, 25-20 and 25-21. In the first set, the Warwick girls took the lead early and only briefly relinquished it to Township, 6-5. A sideout and four straight points during a serving run by Abby Wenger, which included one ace, gave Warwick a 10-6 lead. Manheim Township slowly closed the gap, but Warwick still held the lead at 17-16. Eventually, the Blue Streaks made their run and took the lead at 20-17. The teams then battled back and forth and Warwick rallied to tie the score at 22-22 before giving up the last three points of the set. It proved to be an early indication of how competitive the evening would be.

The second set was the only one in which Warwick never held the lead. The two teams battled early in the match, but Township kept the advantage by one or two points. When Township stopped a brief serving run by Emily Buckwalter, the Blue Streaks led 11-10. Township followed by scoring eight of the next nine points and grabbed a seemingly comfortable 19-11 lead.

But Warwick fought back and pulled within 22-19, but that’s as close as the Lady Warriors would get.

Down two sets to none, Warwick did not go quietly in the third. The lead changed hands numerous times early on until the Warriors took a small lead at 13-9 during a serving run by Bethany Zimmerman. Manheim Township followed to cut the gap to 16-15. Warwick coach Jen Wanner’s timeout briefly stopped the MT run, but the Blue Streaks finally tied the game at 17-17 and then scored the next point to take the lead. Warwick pulled even at 18-18, but Township scored two straight points to take the lead again. The relentless Lady Warriors kept fighting and tied the game at 20 and then again at 21. Township, however, scored the final four points to finish the sweep.

For the match, Greta Weidemoyer led the Lady Warriors with nine kills, and Buckwalter registered seven kills. Buckwalter and Jenna Stoltzfus each served three aces during the match. Buckwalter led the team with 13 digs, while Stoltzfus and Weidemoyer each added nine digs.

The Warriors hosted state-ranked Hempfield on Tuesday. Look for results of this match in the Sept. 22 issue of the Lititz Record. Tonight (Thursday), Warwick travels to Manheim Central for a Section crossover match. Next Tuesday, Sept. 20, the Lady Warriors resume Section One play when they travel to Lancaster to play McCaskey.

At the Dallastown Invitational last Saturday, the Lady Warriors started the morning against Eastern York. Warwick lost the first two sets, 25-21 and 25-23, before earning its first victory of the day, 15-6, in the final set of the match. The Warwick girls took the momentum from that victory and ran off six more consecutive victories, sweeping both Central Dauphin (25-17, 25-19 and 15-13) and Red Lion (25-12, 25-21 and 15-9).

The seven consecutive victories propelled Warwick into a first-place finish in the pool. After serving well all day, Warwick struggled to serve consistently in the first round of the playoffs. Seven serving errors were too much to overcome as the Warriors fell, 25-21, to Eastern York in the quarterfinals. Warwick was forced to settle for a sixth-place finish in the tournament.

In the Lady Warriors’ season-opening match last Tuesday, Sept. 6, Penn Manor pulled off a sweep, 25-15, 25-14 and 26-24. Warwick came out sluggish in the first two sets of the match, but finished strongly as they almost forced a fourth set. In the third set, Warwick trailed 23-18 and then rallied to take a 24-23 lead during a serving run by Weidemoyer which included one ace. Penn Manor, though, won the final three points of the set to take the match. Weidemoyer led the team with 10 kills and two aces. Buckwalter and Stoltzfus each added five kills to the Lady Warriors’ attack. Defensively, Wenger led the way with 10 digs. Zimmerman added seven digs, while Buckwalter and Stoltzfus added six each. More VOLLEYBALL, page B-8

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