The Squirettes beat Bermudian Springs 25-16, 25-18, 25-21 in a YAIAA Division III road match Tuesday by digging deep into their bench.
The dominance was still there. They won each game, something they've done every match this season.
Faith Athey, Delone's 6-foot-1 senior middle hitter, sat the second game; junior setter Allie Mondorff sat the third game.
"We're just trying to develop depth at all positions," Leppo said. "Allie is a very good setter, but, God forbid something happens, we have to be prepared. We didn't get as many of the kids in last night (10 vs. 13 Tuesday), so tonight we wanted to make sure we got everybody in, keep working on developing our whole team and not just the starting lineup."
"I thought (the bench) did well. I thought they did a nice job. For some of them, any experience is good experience. To be able to gut out a win and be in a situation with a little tighter games than we've been in, that's good for them."
Delone jumped ahead in the first game, scoring nine of the first 12 points for a 9-3 lead. Bermudian rallied to pull within one, 17-16, later in the game, but the Squirettes scored seven consecutive points behind senior Nikki Snyder's serves to close the 25-16 win.
With Athey sitting, the Eagles stayed close throughout the second game, coming within three points, 20-17. However, Delone scored five of the next six points for the 25-18 win.
"We're improving as a team and as a program at this point," Bermudian Springs coach Mike Beachy said. "I saw a lot of good things out there. I saw some things we obviously need to work on, too.
"We settled down quicker and got into a passing groove, which is what you have to do against a team like that. I thought our passing was good considering the kind of serving that they did. We had some more digs."
The Eagles kept the third game close with Mondorff sitting. Down 22-18, they scored three consecutive points to get within one, 22-21.
The Squirettes, however, regained possession and, behind the serving of junior Madalyn Greth, finished the game and match at 25-21.
Mondorff finished with a team-high 15 assists while teammate Meghan Stambaugh collected 11. Snyder had 10 digs. Natalie Ormond led the Squirettes with eight kills.
Eagles senior Carly Cataldo had six kills and 12 digs, and classmate Nicole Trostle had 18 assists. Senior Meghan Conklin had seven kills to lead Bermudian Springs, which travels to Hanover High for a 7 p.m. match Thursday.
"I'm looking forward to playing them again," Beachy said. "The more you play them, the better we get."
Leppo wasn't entirely pleased with the performance, but he said he'll settle for a straight-sets win.
"We weren't as clean or sharp as we'd like to be," he said. "You can't play your best every night. It's a process, and I kind of expected that coming off a match last night against South West. We played really well then."
And they played well with Athey and Mondorff receiving some well deserved rest heading into Thursday's 7 p.m. match at Littlestown High.
"It's always nice when you can steal a game from them here and there at any point in the season," Leppo said. "It's good to give them a breather. When we get to districts and all that, hopefully we make it to the pool play round. Those pool play rounds are long days. We have to be able to go as deep as we can and be comfortable with the people on the court. You never know what situations you're going to run into."
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