SOL Girls' Volleyball Wrap (10-10-17)

Abington earned an important win over Hatboro-Horsham in a key SOL American Conference battle on Tuesday. Check out the recap. Abington/HH photos provided courtesy of Jon Sklut. Check back for a gallery of photos.

SOL American Conference

ABINGTON 3, HATBORO-HORSHAM 1 (25-19, 19-25, 25-18, 25-23)
The stakes were high when Hatboro-Horsham traveled to Abington on Tuesday. The two squads – along with Plymouth Whitemarsh – found themselves in a logjam atop the SOL American Conference standings with one loss each.
In Monday’s showdown, the two teams split the first two sets, but the Ghosts won the last two to defeat the Hatters and remain in a tie for the conference’s top spot with PW.
“It was an amazing match, it was a lot of fun,” Abington coach Dan Marsh said. “Hatboro is really, really good, and it’s going to be an absolute war next Monday (at Hatboro-Horsham in a rematch). The two teams are evenly matched, and we were fortunate enough to take care of it today.
“They’re a very well-coached team, and they serve really well. In the second game, they took control of the game with their serving, so we had to regroup and make passes. When we pass the ball, we’re tough to beat. We were able to get the ball to Hannah (Dalton) and Grace (Whitney) and Kaley Ehnow. We just did a good job.”
In the fourth set, the Ghosts found themselves staring at a 21-18 deficit but rallied for the win.
“I did not want to go to a game five, and we were able to pull it out,” Marsh said. “They’re such good servers that if you don’t break their serves, you can get in trouble. They can make long runs.
“We passed well, we scrambled well too. The major objective was – even if we couldn’t get an offensive set out of the serve, get it back to them and dig them. It’s wild – it’s almost easier for us to run an offense off of their hits than their serves.”
Dalton led the Ghosts at the net with 18 kills and five blocks to go along with nine digs. Whitney added 15 kills and eight blocks.
“We really leaned on Grace and Hannah tonight,” Marsh said. “We were setting Hannah all over the floor – front line, back line, everywhere.”
Setter Anna Bantner had 36 assists, eight digs and two aces. Ehnow added four kills and four blocks. Amanda Rice (15 digs) and Fabiola Gonzales (12 digs) led the defense.
“It was an amazing match,” Marsh said. “It was back and forth and back and forth. It’s what high school sports is all about.
“We played Wissahickon last night, we played them tonight, we play Cheltenham tomorrow, Upper Dublin on Friday and Hatboro on Monday,” Marsh said. “It’s a brutal stretch, but if these kids want to win a championship, that’s what they’ve got to do.”

Non-league
NEW HOPE-SOLEBURY 3, COUNCIL ROCK SOUTH 2 (26-24, 25-20, 14-25, 22-25, 15-12)
The Lions won a grueling five-set match with the visiting Golden Hawks.
For the Lions, setter Gwen Vogelsang had 37 assists, five kills and four aces. Katie Costello had a huge night at the net with 19 kills to go along with four aces. Rachel McMahon added six kills and five aces. Bella Fleischacker led the defense with 32 digs and one ace. Jennifer Sommerfeldt had two kills and two aces, and Carina Rozyicki added eight digs.