North Penn spikers serve past Christopher Dock
All four games between Christopher Dock and North Penn on Friday night were tense, tight struggles decided by just a few points each.
But no matter what the situation, the Knights’ serving was an unwavering force.
“That kept us going, allowing us to make a run,” outside hitter Andy Willits said. “ft’s got to start with the serve, and f think that was key in helping us to win that fourth game.”
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Willits, a tri-captain for the Knights (11-3), led North Penn in kills with 1T and his four aces were emblematic of North Penn’s strength.
“We started being a little more aggressive serving and f think that really made the difference,” Knights coach Tim Moyer said. “f think down the stretch, our serving and de- fense picked it up and kind of pushed us over the hump. That last game in particular, the guys kind of weathered the storm.”
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Willits’ ace to close out Game Two, 2T-25, evened the match at one apiece. The Knights held off Dock in Game Three, 2521, to go up 2-1 before rallying in Game Four.
“This is really going to help us drive into the playoffs,” said Willits, whose team avenged an earlier loss to Dock in the nuakertown Tournament Finals.
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But there was one phase of the Knights’ game in particular that gave Dock problems.
“They served tough. They kept us off our game,” Pioneers’ coach Tim Mackey said. “We couldn’t run our offense the way we like for most of the night. They’re a tough serving team and they kind of held us at bay.”
Travis Hoover had 1T kills and Colton Young had 40 assists and eight digs for the Pioneers on their Senior Night.
“We had a big lead in Game Four and again North Penn’s serving came into play,” Mackey said. “They’re a good team, they block well, and that forced us into a situation that we really didn’t want. Districts are right around the corner so we don’t have a choice (except to learn from this).”