Eagles volleyball beats Panthers for first time since 2012
CHESAPEAKE CITY — Perryville has been a hurdle for Bohemia Manor’s senior volleyball players that has not been cleared, losing every single match against their rivals and, often, in tight thrillers.
The Eagles finally solved the Panthers in grand style Thursday in a straight-set sweep to give their seniors a much desired win against their foes. It marked the first victory over their Cecil County rivals since a 3-0 triumph on Oct. 3, 2012.
The Eagles snapped a 10-match losing streak to the Panthers, winning 2513, 25-20 and 25-16.
“This is the first time since I’ve been here that we’ve beaten them,” said Bo Manor senior Erin Horsey, who contributed 13 digs and two aces. “It feels really good. Every time it’s a good game, but we feel like we could give them more. We were able to beat them. We played really well together and gelled.”
The Eagles started the first game with a 9-2 run and never looked back to take a 1-0 lead in the match with a 25-13 victory.
The second game was much more competitive as Bo Manor would build a lead before the Panthers would respond with a run of their own to whittle its deficit to one or two points. But the Eagles held on for a 25-20 victory by scoring five of the frame’s final seven points to take it and build a 2-0 lead in the match.
The third game started off tight, with Bo Manor holding a 7-6 lead before going on a 15-2 run to take command at 22-8. But it needed to hold off one last Perryville charge to earn a 25-16 victory to complete the sweep and end its losing streak to the Panthers.
“I’m really glad to see it. These girls have worked so hard, and they’ve worked so hard to get better and better and better,” Eagles coach Sabrina Larmer said. “When they were freshmen, I don’t think they were ready to do it. The seniors and the girls on the floor have really worked to be in the position they’re in right now. It’s always fun to play [Perryville]. You always have to work. We’re never going on the floor and automatically win. We have to work for it. It’s just gratifying.”
Bo Manor earned 10 kills and 12 digs from Delany Midash and nine kills and 13 digs from from Morgan Schickling, while Zoe Lockwood contributed 17 assists.
The Eagles only trailed once during the match — a 2-1 deficit in the second game. According to Panthers coach Matt Borelli, Bo Manor’s combination of strong defense and serving allowed it to remain in control.
“I think we hit into their blocks a lot tonight, but that’s a credit to them. They were blocking us like crazy tonight. They did a great job of stopping our hitting,” Borelli said. “I think their serving was much improved from the first time we played, and that kind had us playing from behind. Their serving was a lot stronger that what we have seen from them in the past.”
Jordan Carr paced Perryville with 10 assists and seven digs, Rebecca Holman recorded eight digs, three kills and three aces, Hailey Jones had 13 digs and Alex Leslie added eight kills.