GREENCASTLE >> When Olivia Fogelsonger smacked the final kill Thursday night, several members of Waynesboro's girls volleyball team burst into tears.
And for good reason.
Not only did the final nail come in the fifth set, it came against rival Greencastle-Antrim, and it sealed the Maidens' possession of the Mid Penn Capital Division title for the second year in a row.
"It was definitely because it was such a hard-fought victory," Fogelsonger said. "There was a lot put into this game, and there was a lot at stake. Plus, they are our rivals, so I think that's what got everyone so emotional."
Waynesboro coach Kim Saunders said, "And having to come from behind to get it done, to prove that we're actually good. I'm extremely proud of the way we fought; we haven't had to fight like that all year."
The 3-2 victory for the Maidens (17-0, 11-0 MPC) did not come easily. For the first time this season, undefeated Waynesboro had to come from behind. Greencastle (10-7, 8-4 MPC) won the first set, 25-21, before Waynesboro tied it up, 25-22. Again, the teams went back and forth with the Blue Devils claiming a 25-22 win in Set 3, and Waynesboro forcing a fifth set with a 25-17 win.
The Maidens clinched the victory with an 15-11 win in the decisive fifth.
The second set was particularly key, as G-A had a chance to go up 2-0. The Blue Devils led the second set, 18-13, before Waynesboro went on a nice run. That run was keyed by former Blue Devil Brycelin Spidel. After the Maidens pulled it to 18-15, Spidel laid down six kills in a row to once again give the Maidens a lead.
"She was huge, and we know how she plays because she played here," Greencastle coach Corry Eagler said. "It's a little personal when you're playing her. We were trying as much as possible when she got out or was in the back row to score as many points as possible because when she's up there, she's going to score regardless of what we do."
Saunders said, "This match means a lot to Brycelin. She's never won the Capital Division, for one, but she also used to play here. She's feeling more comfortable with us, and she has really come a long way with us both on the court as an individual and in the classroom."
Greencastle seemed to lose steam in the fifth set. The Blue Devils committed five hitting errors in the final set alone.
"I think we were hesitant and worried about making mistakes instead of just being all-out aggressive and not caring about the result," Eagler said. "We want them to play aggressively and not worry about failing. I think that crept in. It was still a good effort, but that was a little bit of the difference in Game 5."
Waynesboro also showed off the strength of its hitters in the final set. Fogelsonger had four kills in the set, Ciara Rosenberger added two and Spidel notched one.
"There is a lot of talent on this team," Fogelsonger said. "It's not like one person has to carry the whole weight of the team, so it makes it tough for the blockers and defenders on the opposite side because we're so smart about where we place the ball."
For the Blue Devils, Keri Gearhart led the way with 15 kills, and Gabby Baughman did a fine job stepping into the setting position in the absence of Chloe McKenzie. She racked up 40 assists.
Waynesboro 3, Greencastle 2
Sets — GA 25-21, Way 25-22, GA 25-22, Way 25-17, Way 15-11
Kills — Olivia Fogelsonger 21, Brycelin Spidel 14, Ciara Rosenberger 12, Rachel Johnson 10; Blocks — Spidel 7, Fogelsonger 2, Jordan Stoops 2; Assists — Stoops 50; Digs — Alyssa Taylor 31, Kaylie Yarnell 18; Aces — Stoops, Taylor, Emily Bryan, Rosenberger, Jenna Harne.
Kills — Keri Gearhart 15, Sydney Shepherd 13, Jess Root 7; Blocks — Gearhart 6, Root 5, Rachel Verhoef 4; Assists — Gabby Baughman 40; Digs — Elizabeth Dagliano 24, Madison Goodwin 22, Shepherd 20; Aces — Baughman 3, Shepherd 2.