Pioneers ease past Faith Christian
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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.
Christopher Dock’s Kait Miller sets the ball during Tuesday’s match against Faith Christian.
Christopher Dock’s Lanae Hunsberger spikes past Faith Christian’s Kelsey Mikula during Tuesday’s match.