The Gettysburg High volleyball team knew it had a match Monday, but it just didn't show up in time.
Carlisle took the life out of the Lady Warriors Monday at Gettysburg High School, winning in three straight, 25-11, 25-21, 25-19 in the Mid-Penn Conference Class AAA Championships.
The loss sends Gettysburg to Cumberland Valley High School Wednesday to continue the tournament at 5:30 p.m against Waynesboro, which lost to Chambersburg, 3-0.
Carlisle was in the middle of the pack of the Commonwealth division, coming in with a 9-5 record, but had more energy then the host Warriors, a problem that has been hurting the Warriors since their win over Mechanicsburg on Sept. 30.
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"Honestly, for some of the league games they didn't show up as much as they should have," Gettysburg coach Travis Meckley said. "However, when we were at the Cumberland Valley tournament, they played an amazing tournament."
The Thundering Herd's big play all night was their service game, recording 10 aces and only six service errors.
Allie Mosser led the Herd with four aces. She also had 22 assists for the Herd.
Heather Bowman had 10 kills.
"We served pretty aggresively and they had trouble passing the serve," Carlisle coach Mike Beachy said. "That put them off their offense, I think.
Gettysburg actually took lead in Games 1 and 2, but lost those leads with a lack of communication and errors and Carlisle capitalized.
Up 11-7, the Herd went on an eight-point run to put the game out of reach.
At one point in the second game, Gettysburg led 6-3, but then went into a tailspin and was down 19-11.
But in a brief period, the Warriors fought back and scored 10 of the next 12 points to tie the game at 21.
The Herd scored the final, and most important, four points to take the game.
"I was hoping we wouldn't let them take that second game," Beachy said. "I was pleased that we were able to recover and get that game. We just needed to settle down and get to what we were doing earlier."
In the final game, Carlisle got an early jump on the Warriors and didn't look back.
The last several years, the Warriors have steamrolled through its Mid-Penn regular-season opponents and, in the postseason, they have struggled. They have one, maybe two more chances to break that trend Wednesday.
"Hopefully, this will be a wake-up call for them," Meckley said. "It might be a good thing in the long run that it happened now instead of when the games really mattered."
Katelyn Grace led Gettysburg with 14 assists, two blocks and three digs. Shannon McKee had 12 digs and seven kills.
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