V Volleyball Beats Blair in Four
Mercersburg’s varsity volleyball team took care of host Blair Academy, 3–1, in a match between two Mid-Atlantic Prep League schools October 16 in Blairstown, NJ. The visiting Blue Storm prevailed by a linescore of 25–10, 25–20, 15–25, 25–20, and won its fourth match in its last five contests.
The Storm came out flying right off the bus in the first set. The passing of Ava Brody ’22, Rachel Hull ’23, and Nicole Treml ’22 set the tone, and Riley Schermerhorn ’22 contributed three blocks and a kill in dominating the net. The second set started much like the first, with the same key contributors, as well as the bench getting involved with Priscilla Lee ’23 notching three assists and a kill and Emily Jiang ’24 adding a kill and a dig.
In the third set, the lineup featured a number of non-seniors paired with Treml and Finn Sipes ’22. “While this inexperienced crew battled, they were not able to complete the sweep as Blair played some spirited volleyball,” said Mercersburg interim head coach Erin Caretti.
Sipes, Hull, and Eliana Sandy ’24 had six digs each in the set, while Jiang chipped in five. The starting lineup was reinserted for the fourth set, and, after a slow start, reestablished order and won the final set. Sipes had a solid all-around set, Brody had some key passes, and Schermerhorn and Natalie Kochova ’22 led the offensive attack.
Schermerhorn and Morgan Fisher ’23 finished with six kills apiece. with Fisher adding six aces and Schermerhorn tallying five blocks. Kochova had four kills, three aces, and 14 digs. Hull posted a team-high 21 digs and added three kills and three aces. Sipes had five aces, six assists, and 17 digs, with Treml collecting a team-high seven assists.
“It was a great road win,” added Caretti.
Mercersburg (9–6) closes out the regular season with three straight home matches; the first will be Tuesday, October 19, against local rival St. Maria Goretti. A victory in that match would give the Storm an undefeated record in Independent-Parochial School League play and the top seed in the IPSL Tournament.