TOWAMENCIN — Sixth consecutive rallies ended in the North Penn girls volleyball team circling in the center of the court to celebrate the point won. On the other side of the net, Pennridge continued to battle despite the typical starters sitting this contest out. The Maidens managed to sweep the junior varsity Rams 25-12, 25-22, 25-14 Wednesday.
It was a tough decision to make for first-year coach Zech States, but it had to be done. As much as he wanted a Suburban One League Continental Conference win, he needed let it be known the girls that battle everyday will be out there. The Rams (4-4, 2-4 conference) trailed 15-4 in Game One before they could blink, but closed the opener out 10-8 and gave the Maidens a scare in Game Two.
"We just wanted to get a fresh look at things,' States said. "It was good to see what the younger girls are made of and it gives the older girls an eye-opener. Their spot is not secure and they have to play their best all of the time.'
The Maidens (3-3, 3-6) took the court with fire in their eyes, ready to rally with the Rams. They were coming off a tough loss to Central Bucks West and needing every conference win they can accrue. The Maidens would have preferred the challenge of the more experienced Rams, but will take wins anyway they can get them.
"We were coming off a bad loss and they had something to prove out there,' Maidens coach Bryan Yost said. "I was a little disappointed we did not get to play their varsity, but we did go out and played the game the correct way.'
Besides in the second game where the fiery eyes calmed by the ease they won with in game two, the Maidens still saw a lot of good things in the three games. Outside hitter Hannah Simon had seven kills and seven aces while Devon Markus managed eight kills on the afternoon. Setter Lizzy Dallas dished out 27 assists along with five aces.
"Either we get it together or it is going to be regrettable season for some of them, especially the seniors,' Yost said. "They know what is on the line and the attitude is in the right direction. That JV team played hard, but we will take the win.'
Leading the way for the Rams was Julie McKinney with four kills and Krista Hiller and several others added a pair of swings in the impromptu assignment. Only time will tell if the decision to sit the starters for a game will pay off. States, a 2010 Pennridge grad and an all-state outside hitter himself, just wants the best for the immediate and long term future of the girls program.
"Even the starters who wanted to be out there were good team players, cheering on the bench, and we need that all of the time,' States said. "The younger girls battled and there is nothing to be upset about. It needed to be an eye-opener and maybe it will make a difference. I can only hope for the best.'
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