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.”