The Bald Eagle Area girls’ volleyball team has been enjoying a good roll over the last six weeks.
They played 14 dual matches and won them all.
They wrapped up their first goal of winning the Mountain League title, and are now focused on the next of repeating as the District 6 Class AA champions.
Team members will get to take this weekend off, and coach Larry Campbell hopes it takes a little weight off their shoulders with the district tournament less than two weeks away.
“Winning a lot is nice, but it also is a lot of pressure that people don’t realize,” Campbell said. “Keep winning, keep winning, keep winning.”
BEA won again Thursday, sweeping Penns Valley 25-14, 25-23, 25-17 to wrap up the Mountain League title outright.
Katie Flick and Vee Skripek paced the Lady Eagles (14-2, 13-0) with a pair of double-doubles. Flick posted a dozen kills and 18 digs, while Skripek added 11 kills and 14 digs. Madi Hahn directed the offense with 23 assists, and Cirstynn Comly delivered three aces.
Peyton Homan’s nine kills, Morgan Kerstetter’s five kills, Olivia Meyer’s16 digs and Rachel Lieb’s 18 assists led the Lady Rams (3-13, 3-11). Kerstetter posted her kill total without making a hitting error.
“We told them to have fun and play hard against them,” Penns Valley coach Jayme Ishler said. “(BEA is) a tough team. We seemed to take that and ran with it.”
The Lady Eagle win was hardly easy, the Lady Rams made sure of that, especially in the second set.
Penns Valley led almost the whole frame. The Lady Eagles trailed by as much as 13-5, but slowly chipped away to tie it at 21-21, taking the lead for the first time at 23-22 on a Lady Ram error and finally wrapping up the frame on a kill from Hannah Confer when she pounced on an overpass.
“They played hard against an undefeated team,” Ishler said. “I’m very proud of them.”
Ishler’s team also was feasting on BEA errors. The Lady Eagles made 27 in the match, including 12 in the second frame, nine of them hitting miscues.
“We have to get better, error-wise,” Campbell said. “Offensively we were aweful. Ball-handling we were aweful. This was a poor effort.”
Campbell’s team got its game back in the third set as Flick and Skripek got more consistent with their swings.
“As our setter’s gotten better, she’s made Katie improve,” Campbell said. “Set location’s gotten better when she’s in system, and that makes a big difference.”
The Lady Eagles also had seniors Virginia Hillman and Sara Snyder in the starting lineup. With their lineup typically filled with juniors, it was a way to honor a pair in their final regular-season home match.
“They don’t get to play a lot for us,” Campbell said. “It was good to see those kids get a chance to play a whole match. They were able to enjoy the last point of their career on their floor.”
After a final regular-season match at Tyrone on Tuesday, BEA will host a scrimmage with State College and West Branch. All three will be looking to recapture the magic of last fall. They had the same three-team scrimmage in 2014 and each went on to win the district title in their respective classes.
“Kind of get a better read of where we’re at,” Campbell said. “You either feel really good about it, or wow, it might be an early exit.”