Girls volleyball beats Blue Raiders
Tamaqua girls’ volleyball team pushed every button it could get its hands on Wednesday evening against Northwestern.
By the time nightfall had hit the Northwestern Lehigh School District campus, the hosts were celebrating a 3-2 victory over the Blue Raiders.
Northwestern Lehigh came back more times than one of those Walking Dead creatures on the AMC channel.
“They battle,” said a gleaming Northwestern Lehigh coach Alexandra Ashburne. “They play with so much energy and the results show. We have a lot of positives in our approach. We fell behind, but the way this team responds you can’t get excited and think were out of it.”
The Tigers trailed 19-14 in the first set before rallying for a 25-21 decision.
They came up short in set two, 20-25, and looked dead in the water in set three when they fell behind 20-16. But then they let loose with a huge momentum rally to post the final nine points for a 25-21 decision.
Much to Tamaqua’s credit, it rallied in the fourth set to claim a 25-19 decision to set the fifth set for a winner take all.
The deciding set belonged to the Tigers. They trailed 10-6 in the final set, which only takes 15 points to win. The Tigers closed in a hurry, rallying around server Erin Vance hitter Shante Duminie.
“Shante can carry us on offense,” said Ashburne. “She showed it a couple of times. But we got a lot of quality play out of Jovina (Fager) and Samantha (McGinley).”
“As a whole, I thought we were pretty solid,” suggested Tamaqua coach Emile Baker. “We left leads slip away, but I know we’re going to get better from a game like this. We capable of scoring points and our young freshmen will make us better when they get more experience.”
Northwestern’s Grace Shuhay had a big night with 16 digs from her Libero spot, with Duminie, McGinley and Fager leading the winners in kills, 13, 10 and 9 respectively.