Women’s volleyball sweeps Ursinus and Hood

 

By Jake Verner

Photo Courtesty of Bethany Holtz

Photo Courtesty of Bethany Holtz

Junior Laura Bergin totaled 24 kills and 19 digs in two matches Saturday.

This past Saturday the Gettysburg College Women’s Volleyball team came away from a double header with back to back victories over Ursinus (3-0) and Hood (3-0) to move to 8-5 for the year and 1-0 in conference play. Gettysburg College hosted the two opposing schools in the Bream Auditorium. The first match against Ursinus began at noon and the next match against Hood started at 4 pm. In the first match against Ursinus, second team All Centennial Conference selection from a year ago, junior Laura Bergin, led the team with eight kills. Bergin, along with sophomore Stephanie Blair and senior Alesha Miller, also had two aces. Senior starter on the right side, Joosje Grevers, said that the team “played cohesively, with a strong desire and drive to win”. Grevers went on to say, “The game against Ursinus helped set the stage for how we want to approach our upcoming conference matches”. Grevers added three blocks to go along with strong all around play for the Bullets.

 

Sophomore Katherine Gilbert, a defensive specialist, led the team in digs against Ursinus with 13. Gilbert was pleased with the match against Ursinus saying, “The team was very focused and wanted to win every point and played with purpose and enthusiasm”. The team demonstrated their unrelenting desire to win the match by winning each game by over 8 points. The scores for the games against Hood were much tighter than the previous match against Ursinus with the Lady Bullets winning the games by scores of (25-19), (25-21), (25-18). The Bullets managed to win the pivotal second game by only four points but that propelled them to a seven point victory in the final frame to win the match. The second match was against Hood College and Stephanie Blair filled up the stat sheet with eight kills, one ace, 30 assists and 11 digs. After the match Blair said, “[Hood] was definitely more of a challenge than Ursinus” and that, “there were points in the games when we were down by five points and came back to win the set”. Laura Bergin led the way with 16 kills and Katherine Gilbert had 18 digs to go with five assists. Other key contributors in the Hood match were sophomore Lauren Godshalk, senior Hannah Bentz, first-year Mattie Maull, and senior Courtney Morrow.Blair later emphasized that “beating them in three sets was key” allowing the Lady Bullets to maintain control of the match. Overall, it was an impressive day for the volleyball team which will give them some momentum for their next match against Marymount.

This kind of resiliency is a promising sign for the Gettysburg College volleyball team as they look ahead to their upcoming match against Marymount. The Lady Bullets look to move their record to (9-5) on the season when they take on the Marymount Saints women’s volleyball team on Wednesday, September 23rd, at 7 pm in Arlington, Virginia.

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