Pi­o­neers ease past Faith Chris­tian

Souderton Independent - - SPORTS - By An­drew Marcus

The Faith Chris­tian volOHy­bDOO WHDP iV FRn­fiGHnW they can get to ev­ery ball. With one back row player div­ing left and the other mov­ing right, some­how Christo­pher Dock was still DbOH WR finG VSDFH Rn WKH Lions’ side.

The Pi­o­neers’ placed serve af­ter serve in the per­fect spot. The well-placed at­tack al­lowed them to VZHHS WKH LiRnV 3-0 (252, 25-10, 25-21) Rn FriGDy night.

“WH FDn GHfiniWHOy OHDrn IrRP WKiV,” LiRnV’ FRDFK Jes­sica Jarratt said. “We are see­ing a lot more move­ment on the court. We are learn­ing how to move strate­gi­cally and our com­mu­ni­ca­tion is im­prov­ing.”

BHIRrH WKH LiRnV FRuOG side out the home team, CD KHOG D 22-0 OHDG in game one. Stand­ing be­hind the ser­vice line for the Pi­o­neers for the first 22 SRinWV ZDV VHWWHr AVK­ley McGar­rity. The ju­nior rHFRrGHG 12 DFHV bHIRrH the Pi­o­neers ro­tated and IiniVKHG ZiWK 15 DFHV Rn the evening.

“AVKOHy iV RnH RI Rur strong­est servers,” Pi­o­neers’ coach Tr­ish Hoover said. “She hits lo­ca­tions re­ally well, which is what our fo­cus was tonight.’”

It l ooked as though McGar­rity had been work­ing on her over­hand j umper for years, but i n ac­tu­al­ity, i t has been t hree years s i nce she played t he s port. Spend­ing her first t wo years in high school at Cen­tral Bucks South, McGar­rity did not play vol­ley­ball.

“I started play­ing four years ago, but stopped and started again this school year,” McGar­rity said. “I al­ways have had a de­cent serve. And this is my first time set­ting too. At first it was over­whelm­ing, but now I am used to it and our team pass­ing is get­ting much bet­ter. I love the girls and I love the coach.”

See­ing McGar­rity at tryouts was ex­cit­ing news for the Pi­o­neers, who are try­ing to re­turn to the Dis­trict 2QH CODss A sHPL­fiQDOs. Adding McGar­rity, as well as other strong play­ers, to go along with cap­tain Kait Miller has given the Pi­o­neers a lot of hope for a strong end to this sea­son. Miller, a se­nior out­side hit­ter, col­lected eight kills and six aces in the win over the Lions.

“We made some good ad­di­tions to the team,” Hoover said. “Ash­ley, who is new to the school, and our fresh­man Lanae (Huns­berger) have been do­ing some good things. We are GH­fiQLWHOy D EHWWHr WHDP than we were last year. Hope­fully we can have a bet­ter out­come in the playoffs this sea­son.”

The Lions picked up their play as the night pro­gressed and the young team forced the Pi­o­neers to take a time­out in game three with the score sit­ting at 20-19. While the Pi­o­neers were DEOH WR fiQLsK RII WKH sZHHS, it was an­other en­cour­ag­ing ef­fort for the young Lions’ club.

“We are mostly sopho­mores and we are learn­ing as we go,” Jarratt said. “It is amaz­ing to see their de­vel­op­ment and to help them grow as women. I love these girls and love their heart.

Mont­gomery Media / BOB RAINES

Christo­pher Dock’s Kait Miller sets the ball dur­ing Tues­day’s match against Faith Chris­tian.

Mont­gomery Media / BOB RAINES

Christo­pher Dock’s Lanae Huns­berger spikes past Faith Chris­tian’s Kelsey Mikula dur­ing Tues­day’s match.

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