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.