Elks elim­i­nate In­di­ans in volleyball opener

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL & NATIONAL SPORTS - By SEAN GRO­GAN sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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

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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

ei­ther Pat­ter­son

Mon­day.

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

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