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High School Volleyball - Week 4 Summary
Indians' 3 wins include 2 sweeps
By Janet Smeltz, CONTRIBUTING WRITER

MILLERSBURG • Head Coach Rich Berg had said the Indians needed to learn how to win games by ditching the past and focusing on the present.

The fired-up Tribe did just that Sept. 25, as they swept Nativity, the SCIAL (aka Schuylkill League) Division 4 leader, in three sets (25-15, 25-15 and 25-19).

As the realization set in among Millersburg’s players of what they had just accomplished, a jubilant Berg said the Indians went beyond initial expectations.

“Samantha Hines told me following the game that (Millersburg’s) strategy was to get at least 20 points against (Nativity),’’ he said.  ‘‘I went in there thinking that if we could only win one game against them that would be great. 

‘‘We could tell from the warm ups that they were a hard-hitting team,’’ the coach added.  ‘‘We would need our Taryn (Herb) and Jessica (Millard) to be ‘on’  with their blocks. Once we started playing – and playing our game – it became easier for us to defend and attack. 

‘‘Jessica had a great night which only added to the other players all doing their part,’’ Berg said. ‘‘We also knew early on that the sets were mostly going to two players: one spiker and their libero in the back row.  As long as our serving and receiving was on, we were doing well.  Tonight we kept a great attitude and momentum was on our side.”

It was the Green Wave’s second loss of the week. The Pottsville-based squad had been undefeated before Marian, still undefeated, swept them in three sets Sept. 24.

The Indians were up 17-15 lead in the third set, thanks to a Taryn Herb ace. An unforced Nativity error expanded that lead to 19-15. Nativity called a timeout, then executed a successful kill. 

But another unforced error by the Green Wave was followed by an Indian net violation. Hines then nailed a crowd-pleasing screamer down the left line and Millersburg led 21-17.  A Nativity push to the back line caught the Indians off guard and they failed to return a service point, allowing Nativity to cut the lead to 21-19.

That would be the closest the Green Wave would get. With Millard serving solidly, a Herb dink was followed by a perfectly-placed Herb kill. Kelsey Koppenhaver set another perfect assist to Herb who finished the game with a polished kill down the middle, turning Manning Gymnasium into a frenzy of crowd pleasing fans giving high fives to the players.

“Tonight before the game, we came together down in the locker room and a very inspirational teammate (Hines) said, ‘Close your eyes and picture us two hours from now, coming together in the middle of the court screaming after we just won the game. How good that would feel. Play for that moment.’ ” Herb said.

‘‘We went into the game knowing we had nothing to lose. We had one mission - stay together no matter what,’’ she added. ‘‘I have to say that was one of the easiest wins of the year because I had complete faith in every single one of my teammates tonight. I feel blessed to be a part of the team everyday, but especially tonight.’’

For Millersburg, Amber Roach contributed with 22 assists, seven digs, 10 service points and one block.  Herb registered 12 kills, 10 service points, 11 digs and two blocks. Koppenhaver added 10 digs, eight service points and two assists.  Hines posted 20 digs, seven kills, five service points, three aces and one block.  Millard added seven service points, two aces, six kills, 12 digs and one block. 

The victory gave Millersburg a one-game lead (as of Sept. 29) over Tri-Valley in the SCIAL Division 3 race, setting up an interesting match in Hegins between the two Thursday, Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m.

Upper Dauphin Area 3, Mahanoy 2, Sept. 25. The Lady Trojans broke a 2-2 deadlock to prevail against the visiting Golden Bears (25-19, 25-15, 23-25, 15-25, 15-7) during the game held as part of the team’s annual cancer fundraiser.

“This was definitely our best game of the season since our opening week of play,’’ Head Coach Terry Bowser said. ‘‘We had a little difficulty serving at times, but we were able to work through it and we stayed aggressive at the net for the entire match.”

Laura Sweger led her team with 13 kills, six blocks, nine points and two aces. Colleen Kolva added 12 points, five aces, 15 assists and 14 digs. Nicole Campbell earned 11 points, four aces, six kills and 12 digs. Taylor Brown posted nine points, three aces, six kills and 16 digs. 

Also for UDA, Kelsey Hoffman added seven points, two aces, five kills seven assists and 11 digs.  Natalie Travitz contributed to the offense with 10 kills and registered three blocks and five digs. Alexis Bowser notched 11 points and four digs.

Williams Valley 3, Weatherly 0, Sept. 25. The host Lady Vikings defeated the Wreckers in a three set sweep. 

Bindy Boyer posted 14 assists, two kills and three digs. Maura Kreiser added 10 service points and four kills. Olivia Ancheff earned nine service points, five aces and three kills.

Tri-Valley 3, Minersville 0, Sept. 25. The host Lady ’Dawgs were victorious in three straight sets (25-11, 25-19 and 27-25) including a thrilling third set overtime win in this Schuylkill League crossover contest. 

Cat Troutman earned seven kills and two aces.  Teammate Reagan Newswanger added 17 assists and 15 service points in the winning effort.

Schuylkill Haven 3, Halifax 2, Sept. 25. The Hurricanes traveled to Wildcat territory and found themselves  in a contest, winning by only three points in the final game to take the match and the Lady ’Cats their third loss on the week.

The scores (Halifax score first) were 25-20, 20-25, 20-25, 25-19 and 12-15).

For Halifax, Shannon Buggy had six aces, four kills and 11 digs. Molly Smith added 11 digs and three aces.  Autumn Capouillez earned seven kills, seven digs, 20 assists and two aces.

Nativity 3, UDA 0, Sept. 23. After a 25-6 opening game loss, the visiting Lady Trojans showed some toughness and battled the Green Wave in the last two sets, losing 20-25 and 16-25.

“We missed a couple of crucial serves and could not get over the hump,’’ Bowser said.

Sweger finished with seven kills and five blocks.  Kolva added seven service points and Brown posted 16 digs in this Schuylkill League Division 3-4 crossover contest.

Mahanoy Area 3, Halifax 0, Sept. 23. The ’Cats were defeated in three straight sets (Halifax score first) 20-25, 27-29 and 18-25 in this SCIAL crossover match.

Capouillez led the Cats with four aces, five kills, five digs and 14 assists.  Miller added six kills and eight digs. Amber Laudenslager posted three aces, five kills, four digs and one block.  Kendall Lehman added five aces, five kills and one block.

Millersburg 3, Shenandoah Valley 0, Sept. 23. In their second of three victories (two of them sweeps), the Lady Indians visited Blue Devil territory and came away with wins of 25-15, 25-19 and 25-20.

Herb led the team oriented victory with 12 kills, 15 digs and one block. Roach earned two aces, two kills, 27 assists and three digs.  Koppenhaver contributed with three kills and 10 digs.  Hines earned 11 kills, 11 digs and two aces. Kori Hirsch notched two aces, three kills and nine digs.

Schuylkill Haven 3, Williams Valley 2, Sept. 23. It was another close contest for the Lady Vikings who, unfortunately, this came out on the losing end, but not without a fight. The Hurricanes defeated the Vikings (Haven scores first) 26-24, 23-25, 25-18, 17-25 and 15-11. 

Boyer earned eight service points along with 22 assists. Ancheff added 11 services points, six aces and nine kills. Kreiser posted 13 kills.

Tri-Valley 3, Weatherly 0, Sept. 23. Tri-Valley wasted little time in disposing of the host Wreckers 25-7, 25-13 and 25-9.

Troutman paced the ’Dawgs with nine kills and eight aces. Newswanger posted eight digs and 11 aces for the winning cause.

Nativity 3, Halifax 0, Sept. 22. It was a matchup of SCIAL divisional leaders as Division IV Nativity visited Division III Halifax. 

The Green Wave scored a three-set sweep of the ’Cats (25-9 25-13, 25-15), using their offensive artillery of kills to silence Halifax’s defense.

Laudenslager earned eight kills, one block and eight digs. Miller added 10 digs and Lehman finished the night with two kills, three blocks and two digs.

Millersburg 3, Minersville 1, Sept. 22. The Lady Indians cruised through the first two sets (25-19, 25-16) using solid passing and offensive weaponry from Herb and Hines.

The visiting Battlin’ Miners took advantage in the third set when the Indians struggled with timing and unforced errors and fell 13-25. 

The Indians took the lead in the fourth set before a determined Minersville team fought back to an 11-11 tie. Millard used strong serving and a Herb kill to push the Indians back out front 19-14. Some solid back line hits by the Battlin Miners returned the game to a deadlock (19-19).

Serving miscues by Minersville, solid serving by Herb, a solid Hines kill down the middle and an ace by Kori Hirsch gave the Indians a 24-22 lead before a Minersville dink gave their team one last chance. 

Minersville’s serving miscue enabled the Indians to take the match with a 25-22 victory.

Herb and Hines combined for 28 kills. Herb also contributed with 12 digs and four aces. Hines added 14 digs. Roach posted 37 assists. Hirsch registered nine kills, four digs and two aces. Koppenhaver added 12 digs and two kills while Millard chipped in with four kills, two aces and 11 digs.

Mahanoy Area 3, Williams Valley 2, Sept. 22. The Lady Vikings fought hard but could not hold back the Golden Bears in the final set in this SCIAL Division 3-4 crossover. The scores (Vikings first) were 25-19,13-25, 27-25, 15-25 and 15-2.

Boyer earned 15 assists, eight service points and nine digs. Kreiser added five kills and two blocks. Ancheff registered 10 service points, seven aces and five kills for the host Vikings.

Tri-Valley 3, Schuylkill Haven 1, Sept. 22. The ’Dawgs defeated the visiting Hurricanes by scores of 25-14, 25-19, 15-25 and 25-14 in this Division 3-4 crossover match. 

Maddie Deibert provided the offense with 11 kills and Newswanger earned 27 assists and nine digs.  Courtney Schweikert posted eight kills as well in this victory.

UDA 3, Shenandoah Valley 1, Sept. 22. The Blue Devils took the first set 23-25 but were defeated in the next three by scores of  25-19, 25-20 and 25-21 in this Schuylkill League crossover match.   

The win helped the Trojans improve to 7-4 this season (as of Sept. 29).

Bowser said the Trojans used a big effort from middle hitter Sweger to fight off a pesky opponent. Sweger commanded the net with 17 kills, seven blocks and also contributed with 15 digs and seven service points. 

Kolva had 27 assists, 13 digs and eight service points. Campbell added 11 service points, two aces, nine kills, 15 digs and four blocks. Brown posted 20 digs, nine service points and two aces. Alexis Bowser earned seven points.




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