The Elizabethtown College volleyball team swept Cairn University on the road last Thursday, Sept. 14.
The Blue Jays took the first set 25-19 with 13 kills and a .320 hitting percentage. The second set went the same way, ending with Etown on top 25-17. The Crusaders had seven errors and a .381 hitting percentage while the Jays managed seven kills and a .190 hitting percentage.
By the third set, Etown had worn Cairn out, crushing the Crusaders 25-10 with 16 kills and a .464 hitting percentage.
Junior MacKenzie Garner led the team in kills with 19, almost half of the teams’ 40 kills for the night. Sophomore Elle Shatto and junior Gabby Anders followed, earning six and three kills, respectively.
Anders, Shatto and junior Sarah Schneider each earned a pair of aces and senior captain Chelsea Gallagher had one, totaling seven aces to the Crusaders’ one.
The women brought their energy back home to Thompson Gym Saturday, Sept. 16 to demolish Penn State Berks in Jay’s home opener.
Garner again led in kills with nine of the Jays’ total 34. Schneider and Shatto each had seven, with senior Morgan Reiss having six and Anders having five.
Five of the team’s 34 kills came in the first set, which the Jays took 25-9. The second set was closer, but Etown doubled their number of kills from the first set with 12. The set started off close, but a 9-2 run put the Blue Jays up 19-14, which they held onto through the end, winning 25-20.
After a rocky start to the second set, Etown came back to easily take the third set 25-12. In addition to kills, the Jays earned nine of the game’s 10 aces, led by Anders and Gallagher with three each. Anders also ended the afternoon with three blocks and 28 assists. Shatto had a strong match with 10 digs in addition to her seven kills and two aces.
Monday, the women were back on the court away against Alvernia University. The Blue Jays swept the Crusaders, taking all three sets 25-20, 25-20 and 25-19.
Garner, Schneider and Shatto led Etown to victory, each finishing with 13 kills for the night. Shatto had an ace and Schneider had one ace and one assist. Anders was also a star in Monday’s game, reaching the 1,000-career assist mark with 40 assists across the three sets. The Jays had a .361 overall hitting percentage to Alvernia’s .177.
This weekend, the women will compete in the Knight Invitational Friday, Sept. 22 at 5 p.m. against Rowan University and Saturday, Sept. 23 at 11 a.m. against Washington College and at 3 p.m. against tournament host Arcadia University.