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Blue Jays vs. the Falcons: A Recap

Both teams lined up before the game started

Mechanicsburg, Pa – Elizabethtown’s Blue Jays lost 0-3 to Messiah College’s Falcons on Friday, October 18. 

The loss brought the Blue Jays down to 21-8 overall. The game was well played between both teams and each set was close. 

Setter Rileigh Hudock reflected on the game after the loss. “Obviously it was disappointing to lose, but it was an honor to play against them,” Hudock said. 

The atmosphere of the game, at Messiah College’s indoor gym, was lively. Parents and students from both colleges came to the game. In the student section of Messiah College, cheers and roars would occur every time a kill happened. 

Elizabethtown senior Elle Shatto served the ball to begin the first set. It was then killed by teammate Bryanna Miller, the outside hitter. Miller had a high score of 11 kills during the match. 

Elizabethtown led the set early on with a score of 5-1. Elizabethtown freshman Sarah Hanks also assisted with quite a few kills the first set, leading to a score of 24-20. 

Defense was really on point in the first set and throughout the match, however, the Falcons caught up with an 8-2 rally, stealing the win for the first set with a score of 28-26. 

During the game, the Blue Jays continued to stand their ground, even when they were behind. “There was a lot of fight defensively,” coach Matt Hamilton said. 

Set two was highlighted by back-to-back kills by Miller and sophomore Allison Fischer. The score was still 12-9 in the Falcons’ favor. The battle continued with the Blue Jays fighting for the win.

They got their fire back when they had a four point streak to get the score to 13-12. The Falcons took the second set though, with a score of 25-21. 

Each set was extremely close. Throughout the match, there wasn’t really a hint of who would come out on top. “It was a great competition,” Shatto said. 

The Falcons began the third set with an early score gap of 13-8. The Blue Jays did catch up, however, and stayed hot on the Falcons’ tails. 

With a lot of momentum gained by the Falcons, they took the final set with a score of 25-14. The game was won 3-0. 

Thought the match was lost, the Blue Jays will continue their fight next week, at Juniata College.

Construction Affects Commuter Routes to Campus

Elizabethtown, Pa – Elizabethtown Borough started annual paving the week of September 23, affecting Washington Street, Lemon Street, Cherry Street and South Mount Joy Street.

These streets affect off-campus commuters as well as those who park on the street to get to campus. Vehicles that do not comply with the closed-off streets will be in violation and will be towed, according to campus security in their email sent out to students.

“Members of our campus community must use Cedar Street or College Avenue as the main access routes to the College,” campus news noted in the email.

“It was really annoying,” senior Mikayla Ruth noted. “I had to go find another way to get to campus.”

Approximately 84% of students live on campus, according to the Elizabethtown College “about” page. So, there is a sizeable portion of students that do commute.

Restrictions have an effect on commuting students. “Being a commuter is already in itself a challenge, as it involves taking on the extra task of planning a route to school, navigating traffic and then doing it again at the end of the day,” according to the Daily Bruin.

“Traffic is never on your side,” junior William Paterson said. Commuters definitely have to plan another part of their day and restrictions do not help it.

“The College reserves the right to initiate and change parking violation fees, fines and regulations at any time following proper notification to the College Community,” per their parking regulations page.

As of October 1, weather has delayed the pavement sealing process and restrictions will continue at the start of this week.

E-Town Senior Designing her Future

By: Andrew Westacott, Mike Garvey, Maddie Chiaravolloti

Name: Kim Morris

Major: Graphic Design and Corporate Communication

Year: Senior

Why did you pick your major? Kim knew what field she wanted to go into and she planned for it.

What are you most looking forward to this year? Kim is appreciating senior year and spending time with friends. She also is currently looking for a job.