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Eminence at HOME (Article)

September 13, 2011

Patriots not shocked by Eels

BROWNSBURG — The Bethesda Christian Patriots volleyball team handily defeated the Eminence Eels with a collective team effort.

Bethesda was able to withstand runs from Eminence to win easily 3-0 (25-19, 25-12, 25-21). Patriots coach Marissa Sharbaugh was happy with the way her team performed in the victory.

"We played together. They have the skills, they know what they need to do to get a win on the board and they just did it," Sharbaugh said. "It was really an all-around team effort."

The opening set started close but a 10-3 run at the end of the set secured the first victory 25-19 for Bethesda.

In the second set, Hannah Henry started the Patriots off by serving up four straight points. Bethesda was in control throughout the game, not allowing Eminence to net two consecutive points until the score was 19-7. Only twice in Set 2 did the Eels score two successive points.

Set 3 was the biggest battle for the Patriots as the Eels made a late run to tie the game at 17-17. But Bethesda charged back to score four straight points with Olivia Harrison serving. The Patriots then scored four of the last five points to win the set 25-21.

"It felt really good that we could stick together, play as a team and to play for Christ," said Harrison, the lone senior on the team.

Luckily for the Patriots the match did not go into extra games, as they were exhausted from a weekend where they played four matches.

 "Having a couple days to rest was really good for us," Harrison said. "We worked really hard at practice yesterday to just get back in the groove of playing."

If the Patriots were tired from the long weekend, they did not show it. The girls dove for every loose ball and constantly ran to keep the ball alive, showcasing their fighting spirit.

"They are very scrappy, they picked up everything. I continually see improvement with the girls," Sharbaugh said. "They are learning to trust each other, to do their part and it's coming together."

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