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High School Volleyball - Twin Valley Conference Championship - Halifax 3, Millersburg 0
'Cats spoil Indians' hopes
for a 3rd trophy

Halifax's Autumn Capoullez pops one back over the net against Millersburg Oct. 23. (Sentinel photo by Lon Zeiders)

HALIFAX • The Lady Wildcats played solid volleyball and defeated a determined Millersburg squad in three straight sets Oct. 23 to earn 2014’s Twin Valley Volleyball Conference championship.

Game One. For Milllersburg – the TVAA and Schuylkill League Division 3 titleholders – things looked promising as it broke a six-all tie and went on a 12-4 scoring spree.

In that interim, Jess Millard earned three service points for the Tribe, aided by a Taryn Herb block at the net on a kill attempt by Halifax’s Kendall Lehman.

After two aces by Lehman, a Halifax violation gave the ball to Kelsey Koppenhaver who earned four service points with help from a Millard back line kill, enabling the Indians to take an 18-11 lead.

 An ace by Halifax’s Paige Miller was countered by Taryn Herb's kill. An Indian violation, an Amber Roach-to-Herb kill and a Halifax violation gave Millersburg a 20-14 lead.   A nice kill on an Autumn Capouillez to  Amber Laudenslager kill gave possession back to Halifax.

Just when it seemed the Indians were poised to win this game, Laudenslager stepped up to the serving line and earned seven straight service points, including three aces, to enable Halifax to pull ahead 22-20. 

The Indians fought back to tie the game 22-22 on a Roach-to-Samantha Hines crosscourt kill and an unforced Cats error.  An Indian unforced error and a Capouillez kill gave the Cats a 24-22 lead. An Indian violation gave the victory to Halifax. 

‘‘It seemed as though the wind was taken out of our sails." Millersburg Head Coach Berg said in reference to the Cats comeback.  ‘‘Halifax was moving and backing each one up. We got down on ourselves and we became sloppy with our serving and receiving.’’

Game Two. The score once again was knotted six-all. This time, it would be the Cats taking a lead they would never relinquish.  Despite Halifax struggling with service miscues, Lehman repeatedly earned spikes off solid passing from Capouillez.  Capouillez also earned two aces to increase the ’Cats’ lead. 

Capouillez set up Allison Costa who found an unguarded sweet spot in Indian territory to give Halifax a 17-11 lead.  The ’Cats continued to find gaps in the Indian defense until Laundenslager’s cross-court kill gave Halifax a 25-19 victory.

Game Three. The Indians gallantly fought back in the third set, as points were exchanged back and forth.  Molly Smith earned four straight service points to give Halifax an 11-8 lead as Berg called a timeout to regroup. 

A Hines ace and two Halifax service miscues tied the game at 13-all.  and the back-and-forth battle continued, as  a Roach tip gave the Indians a 21-20 lead.  But this was short lived as each team once again stepped up to the plate, keeping the scored knotted this time at 22-all.

Lehman once again stepped up to the serving line for Halifax with three straight points, including an ace, to win the game 25-22 and claim the match and league title. 

‘‘It seemed as though they did little wrong and for us, we could do little right.  It was an ‘off’ night for us. I congratulate Halifax on their win and am happy for them,’’ Berg said.

For Halifax, Shannon Buggy earned four kills, two aces and eight digs.  Laudenslager had six kills and three aces. Allison Costa earned five kills. Tori Lupold posted eight digs. Capouillez registered 19 assists and two aces. 

For Millersburg, Amber Roach earned five service points, two kills, 15 assists and seven digs. Jessica Millard contributed with 14 digs, four kills and four service points. Koppenhaver added eight points and five digs. Kori Hirsch posted 11 digs, three kills and four points. Hines added six kills, four points and eight digs. Herb registered six points, two aces, two kills, three blocks and seven digs.

According to Halifax Head Coach Jackie Miller, both Shannon Buggy and Autumn Capouillez had a 100-percent attack and 100-percent dig percentage that night.

 “I couldn't have been more pleased with their performance,’’ Miller said of her entire team. “They were very motivated, focused and communicated well with each other.

‘‘With our regular season finished, we finally had time to practice. We used that time to pull together as a team, sharpen fundamental skills and work through things that we felt were troublesome during the season,’’ Miller said.

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