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Friday, September 20, 2019

Volleyball team drops game to EHS

Thursday, September 5, 2019 by tom wenborg Special to the Press in Sports

The Northampton girls volleyball team opened their season with a visit from Emmaus on Tuesday.

The Hornets left Pete Schneider Gymnasium with a victory in three sets, 25-18, 25-19, and 25-20.

The Kids struggled to find answers to Emmaus’ two elite outside hitters, Jaya Bhagat and Macy Van Den Elzen.

As head coach Jess Finlayson pointed out after the match, “They’re big. Even when the block is there, they can hit over, around, or through it.”

Northampton got off to a good start, taking a 9-6 lead in the first set. The Kids were tied at 14-14 when a seven-point Hornet run opened a margin that proved decisive.

The second set saw a similar pattern. The Kids battled out to an 11-8 lead before a six-point run by Emmaus turned the tide.

The Kids fell behind 21-12 in the third set. A late surge drew them to within 22-19 before the Hornets were able to close out the match.

Finlayson was pragmatic in her assessment of her team’s effort.

“We played one of the best teams in the area,” she said. “There are a lot of things for us to work on. I liked the way we competed defensively. We were getting to balls and I could see that they (Emmaus) were getting frustrated when we were getting the ball back.”

After opening at home, the Kids will take to the road for their next five matches. The team will play four times in the next week: Thursday at Whitehall, Friday at Easton, Monday at Parkland, and Tuesday at Central Catholic.

Easton lost its first match against Blue Mountain. They rebounded with a win over Allen. The result of Whitehall’s first match against Nazareth was not available at the time of this writing. Central beat Parkland in five sets to open the season, so the Skyline Division appears that it will be as deep and as tough as usual.