WILLIAMSPORT—It took four sets, but the Williamsport volleyball team continued its winning ways in its final regular-season home match Tuesday.
The Wildcats defeated Francis Scott Key 25-18, 25-18, 25-27, 25-19.
“We’re starting to feel each other and we’re peaking at the right time,” said Williamsport coach Emily Crabtree. “It’s a good time for us to be playing our best ball.”
Stacey Christy had 22 kills and five blocks, Emily Taylor had 33 assists and Karli Grimes had 22 digs for the Wildcats (13-1).
After going up two sets to none, Williamsport had its hands full with FSK in Set 3. The Eagles (11-2) quickly went up 3-2 — their first lead of the match — eventually extending that lead to 11-9 before a Williamsport timeout. Three straight aces by Erin Brothers stretched the lead to 14-9 before a sideout gave Williamsport the service. FSK withstood a run by the Wildcats that tied the game at 14, retaking the lead after a Williamsport lift. Four more errors by the Wildcats helped the Eagles take a 22-18 lead.
“We won those first two games, and I felt we had control,” Crabtree said. “I told them that we can’t let up, we need one more, but unfortunately that’s what happened. Mental errors hurt us in that third set.”
The Wildcats had 14 errors in the set, including a net ball that gave the set to FSK. Despite that, two clutch kills by Lindsey Mowbray gave Williamsport a brief lead at 25-24. Mowbray had 11 kills and four blocks in the match.
“I was proud of the way they fought back,” Crabtree said. “They were getting balls that they normally wouldn’t. That’s a sign of just how well we’re playing right now.”
Williamsport didn’t let the set loss linger as they came back with a vengeance in Set 4. Christy and Taylor formed a formidable tandem in the set, as Christy had nine kills — including the match winner — and Taylor had 10 assists.
“Emily does a good job distributing the ball for us. You get a feel for who’s on fire and get the ball to them, and she does that well. Stacey, Lindsey and Courtney (Malott) were all on tonight,” Crabtree said.
Malott finished with six kills and four assists.
Taylor Hook had 11 kills and seven digs, Brooke Gallagher had 13 assists, 21 digs and five aces, Braedyn Gallagher had seven kills and 15 digs and Alexandra Petenbrink had 28 digs for the Eagles.
JV: Williamsport, 2-0.