Bullets beat the Red Devils in three sets

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By Benjamin Pontz, Events Coverage Coordinator

After losing to Swarthmore College Tuesday, the Gettysburg College volleyball team came back to defeat its rival, Dickinson College, Thursday. The Bullets won consecutive sets, finishing 3-0.

The Bullets’ initial slow start, falling behind 3-0 in the first set, was the only point in the matches where the Bullets would trail the Devils. Taking advantage of strong serve sequences by first years Shannon Fletcher and Caroline Sequeira, and junior Katherine Gilbert, to take the first set 25-17.

“We came into tonight’s game really wanting a win, and we knew the best way to do that was to be aggressive and play our game,” said Gilbert. “When we are confident and focus on the game plan, we are very successful.”

The success continued into the second set during which the Bullets played from behind until finally cracking a lead at 18-17; they then earned a 25-22 win to go up 2-0.

The third set, however, proved to be more of a challenge. Dickinson sought to avoid a sweep, and they fought back from a deficit as large as four to take a lead 22-19 lead. The Bullets would not give up so easily.

“(We) wanted to win the third set and there was no stopping us,” said Gilbert. “We were hustling after balls on defense and swinging away on offense. I think the reason we were able to pull out a win is because we remained calm and confident.”

Neither team could muster the required two-point advantage. Dickinson tied it at 25, which set off a sequence that featured six ties and five lead changes before the Bullets finally earned the victory. Junior Stephanie Blair set first year Sierra Conboy for the winning kill.
The Bullets are now 13-6 on the season (3-2 in the Centennial Conference), while the Red Devils fall to 9-10 (2-4 in the CC). Gettysburg will next host Bryn Mawr College Saturday afternoon in Bream Gym at 1:00p.m.

After losing to Swarthmore College Tuesday, the Gettysburg College volleyball team came back to defeat its rival, Dickinson College, Thursday. The Bullets won consecutive sets, finishing 3-0.

The Bullets’ initial slow start, falling behind 3-0 in the first set, was the only point in the matches where the Bullets would trail the Devils. Taking advantage of strong serve sequences by first years Shannon Fletcher and Caroline Sequeira, and junior Katherine Gilbert, to take the first set 25-17.

“We came into tonight’s game really wanting a win, and we knew the best way to do that was to be aggressive and play our game,” said Gilbert. “When we are confident and focus on the game plan, we are very successful.”

The success continued into the second set during which the Bullets played from behind until finally cracking a lead at 18-17; they then earned a 25-22 win to go up 2-0.

The third set, however, proved to be more of a challenge. Dickinson sought to avoid a sweep, and they fought back from a deficit as large as four to take a lead 22-19 lead. The Bullets would not give up so easily.

“(We) wanted to win the third set and there was no stopping us,” said Gilbert. “We were hustling after balls on defense and swinging away on offense. I think the reason we were able to pull out a win is because we remained calm and confident.”

Neither team could muster the required two-point advantage. Dickinson tied it at 25, which set off a sequence that featured six ties and five lead changes before the Bullets finally earned the victory. Junior Stephanie Blair set first year Sierra Conboy for the winning kill.

The Bullets are now 13-6 on the season (3-2 in the Centennial Conference), while the Red Devils fall to 9-10 (2-4 in the CC). Gettysburg will next host Bryn Mawr College Saturday afternoon in Bream Gym at 1:00p.m.

 
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Author: Benjamin Pontz

Benjamin Pontz '20 serves as managing news editor of The Gettysburgian, a position he has held since the middle of his first year, during which he wrote 50 articles on topics ranging from student activism on campus to sports. Ben also served as the event coverage and social media coordinator and led the paper's inaugural efforts using Facebook Live and live tweeting events on campus. He is a political science and public policy double major with a minor in music, and he reads up to seven newspapers daily. Follow him on Twitter @benpontz.

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