Volleyball team goes the distance for senior night win


Alex Frederick

The volleyball team recognized its seniors before going five sets with Juniata Valley on Senior Night.

The volleyball team probably hoped it would ride the wave of emotion from Senior Night ceremonies right on into a straight-sets victory over Juniata Valley last night at home.

It didn’t happen that way. Instead, the Lady Devils came out flat, dropping the first two sets before rallying to win 3-2 after a 38-point game in the fifth set, which the Lady Devils won 20-18.

“I was emotional and not mentally prepared to play that game,” said junior Sakeria Haralson. “I was still trying to get over Senior Night and the fact that it was my last game I’ll play with these guys at home.”

Haralson wasn’t alone because no one played particularly well over the first two sets, which the Lady Devils dropped 25-21 and 25-23.

But they regrouped to win the third set 25-19 before sending the match to a final set with a 25-23 win in the fourth.

“I don’t know what happened the first two sets,” said senior Kaelynn Behrens. “For most of the first set we were up, but we all just crashed at the end of the first set and the second set. By the third set we said we had to kick it into high gear.”

In a back-and-forth forth fifth set, the Lady Devils barely edged the Lady Hornets, but it was enough to allow B-A to improve to 15-2.

Haralson led the team with 26 kills and 18 blocks, while junior Sydney Lechner set up her teammates for 44 assists.

Bella Kies had four aces, and Hope Shook, who led the team with 18 service points, had nine digs.