Bullets exchange volleys in two home matches
Sophomore Lauren Godshalk posted 19 kills and seven blocks in Saturday’s matchup against Haverford and Randolph.
By Jake Verner, Contributing Writer
This past Saturday the Gettysburg lady Bullets had two matches at home in Bream Gym against Haverford and Randolph respectively. The Bullets are currently at an even .500 winning percentage with nine wins and nine losses on the season with a 1-2 record in the Centennial Conference. The team came away from the match against Haverford with a defeat going all five sets against a tough Haverford College team but bounced back with a solid, straight set win over Randolph College.
In the first match against Haverford, the team lost the first set by five points but won the next two sets, only to lose the following two sets in what was a tight match all the way down to the final point. Sophomore Stephanie Blair said, “We knew coming into the game that Haverford was a good team.” With that said the lady Bullets were not the least bit intimidated even though Haverford came in with returning conference player of the year, Meg O’Day. Blair had a stellar match with 36 assists to go with 15 digs. Blair later said that, “We played better than expected but that Haverford looked beatable.” This type of mentality will suit the lady Bullets well for the rest of the season and they will use this match as motivation should the two sides meet again.
Senior defensive specialist Hannah Bentz had 13 digs against Haverford and said that the match against Haverford was, “a hard fought match that just did not swing our way.” Bentz went on to say that, “everyone was playing hard and working for every point.” The lady Bullets carried this strong work ethic with them in their next match against Randolph.
Against Randolph, the Gettysburg College lady Bullets won in straight sets 3-0. Blair put it simply saying, “We came out strong and took care of business in straight sets.” The Randolph match served as a good confidence booster for the team after the earlier defeat. Bentz believes the team was successful against Randolph because, “the team focused on volleyball fundamentals” and “everyone had fun and did their job on the court which allowed us to win in three games.” Even though the team lost the first match, the impressive straight set win in the second match of the day will improve team morale before their next match.
The Gettysburg College lady Bullets will try to maintain this focus as they look to add a tally to the win column at home in Bream Gym against Susquehanna (14-6) on Wednesday, October 7 at 7:30 p.m.