Eagles vol­ley­ball beats Pan­thers for first time since 2012

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By KEVIN PHILLIPS Spe­cial to the Whig

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.

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