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Be True: Elizabethtown College Women’s Volleyball Out to Ruffle Feathers

The team coming together after a good play.

Elizabethtown, Pa. – The Elizabethtown College Blue Jays women’s volleyball team won their second Landmark Conference game at Thompson Gymnasium against the Catholic University Cardinals 3-0 on Wednesday, Oct. 16th. 

This game was part of the True Blue series. The True Blue series encouraged students to support fellow student-athletes and get free Elizabethtown merchandise to cheer on their team. 

Senior outside hitter, Elle Shatto, was the first to serve as the game began. She ended up scoring 3-0 before possession of the ball shifted over to Catholic. What followed in the first set was a sway of possession, back and forth to each team. 

Catholic ended up serving an ace and tied the game at 17-17 and again at 19-19. Elizabethtown was able to pull ahead again at 23-19. Catholic attempted to close the gap, but Elizabethtown finished up the first set 25-23.

In the second set, the Cardinals were off to a rough start after losing possession on their first serve. The score yet again bounced back and forth before Shatto scored an ace and left Etown 12-6 and proceeded on their run 20-9. 

However, Catholic soon came back and pushed the score to 22-18. Etown coach, Matt Hamilton, called a timeout. This allowed Etown to shut down the Cardinals and win the second set 25-20. 

This season was Hamilton’s first year as head coach. In previous years, he served as the assistant coach. Both Shatto and Rileigh Hudock, sophomore setter, said that this facilitated trust and communication. 

“I’m extremely proud of this team,” Hamilton said, “If we succeed or fail, we do it together.” 

The Blue Jays come out strong in the third set thanks to Elle Shatto’s and Allison Fischer’s kills. They take a lead with 14-5. At game point, 24-15, Catholic began to delay the point that would win Etown the game. Catholic was able to bring the score all the way to 24-21 until Shatto eventually scored the final kill that secured Elizabethtown their win. 

Shatto was encouraged by the number of people who showed up for the True Blue game. “It was nice to have fans. The crowd gave the game more energy.” 

Hudock echoed this sentiment. “People usually focus on other sports. We got to see a big crowd, which usually isn’t the case. It brought big morale to the team.” 

Whenever it comes to the team’s victories both Shatto and Hudock believe that they can attribute that success to their coach and their teammates. 

“The incoming freshmen are very strong. I want my class and the freshmen class to grow and become leaders for next year,” Hudock said, “Our new coach is also very supportive of us. The players are very comfortable with him.” 

After this game, their record stood as 21-7. The team expressed that their aim was to make it to play-offs. According to Hamilton, Catholic was a significant conference rival. 

“We accomplished everything [that game],” Hamilton said, “We showed up and played well.”

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Etown Performance Groups Spread Their Wings for Charity


The officers of EdOrg thanking everyone who came out to support the cause.

Elizabethtown, PA. – Mad Cow, Elizabethtown College Dance Team (ECDT), Emotion, Phalanx, Vocalign and Melica all performed together at the 15th annual benefit concert for the AT Children’s Project on Saturday, September 28th, 2019.

The AT Children’s Project is based in Florida. According to the website for the AT Children’s Project, AT (ataxia-telangiectasia) is defined as a “fatal genetic disease that attacks children, causing progressive loss of muscle control, cancer and immune system problems.” 

The disease does not yet have a cure; the AT Children’s Project plans to change this through research. They rely on donations from people to make a cure and therapies possible.

In an email interview, Fundraising Coordinator for the AT Children’s Project, Kimberly Beisner discussed the importance of promoting awareness about their mission. 

“I believe that people knowing about AT is extremely important,” Beisner said. “The AT Children’s Project is an all-encompassing organization that works incredibly hard to spread awareness about this rare disease,” Beisner said. “The more people who know about it, the more donations we receive, and in turn, this leads to more money raised to fund research aimed towards finding a cure.” 

The organizers behind the event were the president of EdOrg, Shannon Kerwin and the other officers of EdOrg. According to Kerwin, this was her and the other officers’ first year hosting the event. 

“It’s usually something [AT] that people are unfamiliar with,” Kerwin said when asked what the benefit meant to her, “The parents don’t even notice symptoms in their kids until they’re older. The kids don’t usually live past 20.”

Kerwin also mentioned the deep relationships they established with a few of the families affected by AT. These families were invited to the benefit in the past years. EdOrg was glad to see them in attendance again this year. 

This was the first time that junior Mad Cow member, Mercedes Geiger had participated in the benefit as well. 

“The most important takeaway I had from this event was that it is good to perform for a good cause,” Geiger said, “Seeing all those people there in support of the event was what the night was all about,”

At the end of the benefit, it was announced that EdOrg raised $750 dollars to donate directly to the AT Children’s Project. In addition to selling tickets, they also sold T-Shirts and raffle tickets. 

“It’s very humbling,” Kerwin said regarding the profits of the show, “The club doesn’t get anything. It’s all for the kids.”

New Blue Jay Joins Communications Flock

Name: Abby Zarfoss                                                           

Major: Communications

Year: First-Year

Why did you pick your major? Abby chose communications as her major due to the creative freedom it offers to its students.

What are you most looking forward to this year? She’s excited to explore the possibilities of the major as the year progresses.

Katharine Bixler, Kaitlyn Chambers