Car­di­nals rally past Abing­ton

The Ambler Gazette - - OPINION - By Nick Iuele

Mo­men­tum is huge in vol­ley­ballK A team is norPDOOy HLWKHU WKH EHnH­fiFLDUy or vic­tim of it with lit­tle in be­tweenK

AELnJWRn WRRN WKH fiUsW WwR sHWs DnG wDs MusW fiYH points away from sweep­ing Up­per Dublin, but the Car­di­nals stormed back to take the next three and the match, win­ning on Se­nior kightK De­spite a great ef­fort by the Abing­ton front, Up­per Dublin’s team play and will brought it all the way backK

“It was a very ex­cit­ing game, I was at the edge of my seat the whole time,” Up­per Dublin coach Meg Goet­tner saidK “I think they were able to stay mo­ti­vated through the en­tire gameK We nor­mally have a bit of a roller­coaster ride, but we re­ally stuck with it and kept our spir­its upK It was fun to watchK”

7KH GKRsWs WRRN WKH fiUsW two sets, nei­ther of which were eas­ily wonK Up­per Dublin ap­peared to be in con­trol and was up 20-1S at one point, but Abing­ton used a size up front and de­fense to come all the way back, scor­ing nine unan­swered points and tak­ing the set 25-20K

Up­per Dublin looked the bet­ter team again in the sec­ond set, but saw the sDPH UH­suOW Ds WKH fiUsW. 7KH Ghosts did not take their fiUsW OHDG unWLO WKH sFRUH was 22-21, but the score was al­ways closeK An­other team ef­fort up front fu­eled the set and Abing­ton would not be de­nied, tak­ing it 2S24K Hit­ter Car­ley Cooper and mid­dle player Regina Sew­eryn had a big set for Abing­ton, while Up­per Dublin’s Berenice Le­ung es­sen­tially kept her team in the game with digs that kept points aliveK

Then came the mo­men­tum swing that Abing­ton would never re­cover fromK

“This was a to­tally dif­fer­ent Up­per Dublin team than the last time we played them,” Abing­ton coach gae Lee saidK “They were very ag­gres­sive with their serves and we couldn’t han­dle the place­mentK We had a very good offensive game, but couldn’t stop that serveK”

In the third set Abing­ton had a 20-20 score on its side, just five points away from a sweep and a winK Up­per Dublin had other plans, though, storm­ing back to win the set 2S-24K ko one player, but the whole team con­trib­uted to the come­back, al­low­ing the Car­di­nals to stay alive at least for one more setK

“I never saw panic mode,” Goet­tner saidK “I kind of told them it was a now or never sit­u­a­tion, the rest of the night de­pended on win­ning that setK It was our Se­nior kight, they re­ally wanted it more than ev­erK I couldn’t be more proudK”

Un­for­tu­nately for Abing­ton, two more dis­ap­point­ing sets were in its fu­tureK Up­per Dublin crushed the Ghosts in the fourth set, 25-13K It seemed that the come­back not only ex­tended the game, but sup­plied WKH CDUGLnDOs wLWK FRn­fi­dence and it shined through in the third and game-ty­ing sHW. ,W wDs Rn WR D fiIWK, GH­cid­ing setK

Given the fact that Abing­ton had a good show­ing, it was not go­ing to lay down for the home teamK The Ghosts fought hard and came close to steal­ing the game, but fell just short in the third setK The Car­di­nals com­pleted the come­back with a 15-13 win Ln WKH finDO sHW, sKRwLnJ UH­solve and never fold­ing to pres­sureK

“I think a lot of the girls played re­ally well, which is why we won” Goet­tner saidK “On the de­fen­sive side, Alyssa Row­ley played re­ally well and didn’t let any­thing dropK Our set­ter Tay­lor D’Ginto also did a great job set­ting upK It was a fun night for usK”

Al­though the Ghosts had some good per­for­mances both in­di­vid­u­ally and as a team, the win was just not in the cardsK

“Regina Sew­eryn is the leader and the heart and soul of the team, she played a great game,” Lee saidK We played re­ally well, it was just un­for­tu­nate that we could not pull out the winK”

For Mont­gomery Me­dia / ADRI­ANNA HOFF

Wis­sahickon’s Kath­leen Fuh serves the ball dur­ing Tues­day’s match against Con­estoga in the Dis­trict One semi­fi­nals.

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