MERCERSBURG >> After winning the first two sets Tuesday night, James Buchanan's girls volleyball team looked like it was on a roll against Big Spring.
But then some inconsistencies caused the Rockets to drop the next two sets, but JB pulled out a 15-9 victory in the third set to claim a 3-2 Mid Penn Colonial Division win.
"We started out really strong," JB coach Tonya Miller said. "Then in our third and fourth games, we just kind of lost our rhythm. Luckily, it came back, and we led the whole way through the fifth set."
The Rockets (4-6, 4-5 MPC) pulled out a narrow 25-22 win to start the match, then rolled to a 25-18 win in the Set 2. But the Bulldogs answered and held JB to 19 and 18 points in the next two sets, respectively.
"In the first two sets, we were mixing it up more and seeing the open spots," Miller said. "In the third and fourth, we were just fighting to get a bump, set and hit. Little things were falling through, and we were swinging to swing rather than trying to get the point."
James Buchanan got a strong defensive game, led by Erica Eberly with 12 digs. Tyana Quivers and Kayla Cummings had 10 apiece.
Offensively, Quivers had 16 kills and four blocks, and Eberly recorded 13 kills.
James Buchanan 3, Big Spring 2
Sets — JB 25-22, JB 25-18, BS 25-19, BS 25-18, JB 15-9
James Buchanan Statistics
Kills — Tyana Quivers 16, Erica Eberly 13; Blocks — Quivers 4; Assists — Kayla Cummings 26; Digs — Eberly 12, Cummings 10, Quivers 10; Aces — Cummings 8.
JV score — James Buchanan 2, Big Spring 0 (25-19, 25-23).
GREENCASTLE-ANTRIM 3, NORTHERN YORK 2 >> After trailing 2-1, Greencastle stormed back to win the last two sets and capture a five-set victory over Northern York in Mid Penn Capital Division action.
The Blue Devils forced a fifth set by winning the fourth, 25-19, then earned a 15-12 win in the decisive fifth.
Keri Gearhart and Sydney Shepherd split 24 kills evenly, but it was the defense that was especially strong for the Blue Devils (8-5, 7-2 MPC). Gabby Baughman led the way with 19 digs, while Chloe McKenzie followed closely behind with 18. Other big contributors were Shepherd (14 digs) and Madison Goodwin (11).
Greencastle 3, Northern 2
Sets — Nor 25-22, GA 26-24, Nor 25-20, GA 25-19, GA 15-12
Kills — Keri Gearhart 12, Sydney Shepherd 12; Blocks — Gearhart 5; Assists — Chloe McKenzie 36; Digs — Gabby Baughman 19, McKenzie 18; Aces — Baughman 6.
JV score — Greencastle 2, Northern 1 (17-25, 25-12, 15-10). Bailey Wilson had 5 aces, 5 digs and 12 assists for the Blue Devils.
SHIPPENSBURG 3, BOILING SPRINGS 0 >> For the first time this year, Shippensburg picked up a straight-set victory, defeating Boiling Springs in three narrow Mid Penn Capital Division sets.
The Lady Hounds won the first and third sets, 25-23, and picked up a 26-24 victory in the second game.
"Tonight was a good win for us," Ship coach Suwan Kongkeattikul said. "We had to fight for it, and it paid off."
Cierra Noel had three kills and two blocks for the Hounds (2-8, 2-7 MPC), while Shannon Staver added a pair of kills and a pair of blocks.
Shippensburg 3, Boiling Springs 0
Sets — 25-23, 26-24, 25-23
at Boiling Springs
Kills — Taylor Junkin 4; Blocks — Cierra Noel 2, Shannon Staver 2; Assists — Mariah Throckmorton 9.
WAYNESBORO 3, WEST PERRY 0 >> Waynesboro used an extremely well-balanced offense to roll past West Perry in a Mid Penn Capital Division match.
Seven different players recorded at least three kills for the Maidens (13-0, 9-0 MPC). Brycelin Spidel and Ciara Rosenberger led the way with eight apiece. Olivia Fogelsonger had four, and Rachel Johnson, Grace Powell, Jordan Stoops and Jenna Harne all smacked three apiece.
Waynesboro 3, West Perry 0
Sets — 25-5, 25-8, 25-15
Kills — Brycelin Spidel 8, Ciara Rosenberger 8; Assists — Jordan Stoops 14, Lauren Channing 10; Digs — Alyssa Taylor 11; Aces — Channing 5.
SOUTHERN FULTON 3, NORTHERN BEDFORD 2 >> Southern Fulton pulled out a couple of close victories and captured a five-set win over Northern Bedford in Sideling Hill/Inter-County Conference action.
The Indians won the first set, 27-25, before losing the next two. But Southern Fulton didn't give up and won the next two sets, 25-22 and 15-10, respectively.
Shaye Smartt led the offense for SF (3-5, 2-4 SHL, 2-3 ICC) with 10 kills. Drew Gordon finished with eight kills and two blocks. Morgan Fitz had a fine defensive effort, racking up 34 digs.
So. Fulton 3, No. Bedford 2
Sets — SF 27-25, NB 25-21, NB 27-25, SF 25-22, SF 15-10
Southern Fulton Statistics
Kills — Shaye Smartt 10; Blocks — Drew Gordon 2; Assists — Peyton Koons 24; Digs — Morgan Fitz 34; Service points — Koons 17; Aces — Smartt 4.
JV score — Southern Fulton 2, Northern Bedford 1 (23-25, 25-17, 15-9).
CHESTNUT RIDGE 3, MCCONNELLSBURG 1 >> Unforced errors were costly for McConnellsburg in a Sideling Hill League loss to Chestnut Ridge.
The teams split the first two sets with the Spartans winning Set 2, 27-25, but the Lions took the next two sets, 25-14 and 25-23.
"We got outplayed honestly by a good Chestnut Ridge team," McConnellsburg coach Heidi Johnston said. "But I was most frustrated with the unforced errors. You gotta give them credit; not a lot hit the floor for them, but I think we just made too many silly errors to be successful."
The Spartans (8-2, 5-1 SHL) had 18 hitting errors and only 16 kills.
Kylie Keefer led the offense with six kills and four digs, while Carly Swope finished with six kills and 17 digs. Kailey Dils racked up 22 digs.
Chestnut Ridge 3 McConnellsburg 1
Sets — CR 25-19, McC 27-25, CR 25-14, CR 25-23
Kills — Kylie Keefer 6, Carly Swope 6, Bridgette Ritchey 5; Blocks — Keefer 4, Kacey Hann 4; Assists — Lindsey Randler 22; Digs — Kailey Dils 22, Swope 17; Aces — Dils 2.
JV score — Chestnut Ridge 2, McConnellsburg 0 (25-12, 26-24).
CUMB. VALLEY CHRISTIAN 3, FAITH CHRISTIAN 0 >> Cumberland Valley Christian did not allow Faith Christian to score more than 20 points in any set of a Mason-Dixon Christian Conference sweep.
The Blazers (7-10, 5-7 MDCC) had a fine service day with Ashley Winter leading the way by smacking four aces. Brianna Miley and Harli Bergau each had three. Miley led the offense with nine kills.
CV Christian 3, Faith 0
Sets — 25-15, 25-20, 25-16
at Martinsburg, W.Va.
CV Christian Statistics
Kills — Brianna Miley 9; Assists — Loryn Sanders 15; Digs — Mackenzie Householder 6; Aces — Ashley Winters 4.
JV score — CV Christian 2, Faith Christian 0 (25-13, 25-14).
HERITAGE ACADEMY 3, SHALOM CHRISTIAN 1 >> Despite winning the first set, Shalom Christian suffered a Mason-Dixon Christian Conference loss to Heritage Academy.
The Flames (11-2, 9-2 MDCC) had not lost since the first time they played Heritage in their season-opener.
Brooke Kuhns and Lexy Poe paced a well-rounded defense. The pair each had 20 digs, while Haley Bricker contributed 19 and Paige Hoover had 15.
Poe also paced the offense with 16 kills, while Bricker added 11 kills and four aces.
Heritage 3, Shalom Chr. 1
Sets — SC 25-15, Her 25-23, Her 25-22, Her 25-19
at Hagerstown, Md.
Kills — Lexy Poe 16, Haley Bricker 11; Assists — Kylie Eby 34; Digs — Brooke Kuhns 20, Poe 20; Aces — Bricker 4.