Elks eliminate Indians in volleyball opener
— The lead changed nine times in the fourth set.
Though Elkton had a 2-1 match lead, coach Amy Sexton did not want to drop Game 4.
“I’m very glad. I did not want to go to a fifth game,” she said. “We’ve been in a lot of fifth games and we’re either on or we’re not. I never know which team is going to show up, so it scares me. They even knew that they wanted to finish in the fourth game.”
The Golden Elks were one point away from having to play a fifth set, trailing 24-23, but rallied to score the next three points and take the game, 26-24. The set delivered Elkton a 3-1 win over visiting North East in the first round of the 2A East Region Section I Volleyball Tournament.
The Elks jumped to a 3-1 lead, but the Indians responded with four unanswered. North East led the set 1413, before Elkton senior Courtney Hardy served six straight points to put her team ahead 19-14. The Elks appeared to be running away with Game 4, but the Indians answered with a rally of their own and eventually claimed the lead at 24-23.
“It was a tough match, they’re a good team,” North East coach Andy Mussaw said. “They’re a lot better than a lot of people think they are, which is a big plus for them. I hope they go a long ways in the playoffs. We played as good as we could. We
had a couple injuries here and there throughout the season, so people are playing different positions that they’re not used to.”
Elkton (11-6) won the first set, 2517. North East (3-13) took the second, 25-20.
“We played like we normally do,” Mussaw said of Game 2.
The Elks dominated Game 3, 2511.
Sexton was unsure when Elkton last won in the postseason, but it predates her tenure. The Elks earn a rematch with second-seed Harford Tech on Monday. The Cobras swept Elkton in the first meeting, and the Elks avenged that loss with a five-set win four weeks later.
“It’s been a very long time. I’ve been here for three years and this is the first time,” Sexton said. “It feels great. This group of girls have been with me since their freshmen year, so I knew they could do it. They’ve been a team this whole year. Going into Monday, I think as long as we stay together and work hard, we’re hoping to win.”
Rest of Cecil County volleyball teams in action Monday
The annual trilogy of Perryville and Bohemia Manor commences Monday.
The Panthers (9-4) swept the
regular-season series, beating the Eagles (9-6) in straight sets on the road in September and at home in October. During the 2017 campaign, Bo Manor snapped a 10-match losing streak against its rivals, but the Panthers rebounded to win the playoff rubber match.
Perryville, the second seed in the 1A East Region Section I Tournament, hosts No. 3 Bo Manor for the third meeting. Both Cecil County squads received a first-round bye.
Havre de Grace, the top seed, will host
The Panthers have dominated the series against Bo Manor, especially in the postseason. They seek an eighthstraight region championship and that elusive first-ever 1A state crown.
Perryville has reached the state final in five of the last seven seasons, but there it continually struggles to get over the Smithsburg hump.
Rising Sun (12-2) earned the top seed in the 2A East Region Section I and hosts No. 4 North Harford at 5 p.m. Monday. The Hawks advanced with a straight-set win over Fallston on Thursday.
The Tigers swept Bel Air on Oct. 23 to claim yet another Chesapeake Division