Credit Lebanon – it made strides in the middle game of Tuesday night's three-set girls volleyball match against visiting Elco.
But in the end, Elco's offense proved just a bit too much.
The Raiders held off Lebanon rallies in the second and third game to sweep the Cedars 3-0 at Lebanon High School.
Elco improved to 3-4 on the season and 2-3 in Section Three of the Lancaster-Lebanon League.
"They're always scrappy over there," Elco coach Paul Dissinger said. "They always keep the ball in play. They try to push you until you make the mistakes and they did that in all three games."
After falling 25-7 in the opening set, and getting behind 23-7 in the second game, Lebanon mounted a furious rally ripping off six straight points before key plays by Jessica Chekanov and Alexis Rogers thwarted the Cedars' charge.
"They kept the ball off the floor and I think that is the biggest part of it. I think we lost some focus in that game, also. Lebanon kept it going, they didn't let up," Dissinger said.
In the third set, Elco built a quick 6-0 lead before the Cedars again responded. As the teams traded points over the next several minutes, Elco took control at 18-9, before another Lebanon rally made it interesting.
"More toward the late second and then in the third we showed what we can do with our scrappy defense," Lebanon coach Jeff Albright said.
Lebanon scored six straight points and cut it to 20-16 before three straight Raiders points again kept the Cedars at bay.
Albright said, "I think the first game was mentality. It was all that mental game. A huge lead played into it in the first game. I feel confident – I know we can compete against some of the top teams. When we compete, we compete. And we give a lot of the top teams a run for their money."
Elco 3, Lebanon 0
Sets — 25-7, 25-13, 25-19
Elco stats — Chandelle Keller (12 kills, 10 digs), Madelyn Stone (28 assists), Carliann Sholl (3 aces).
Lebanon stats — Allie Bender (6 kills), Maggie Hinkel (10 assists), Sharlyn Yambo (4 digs), Keisha Padilla-Cruz (4 digs), Pam Bencosme (1 ace), Aleishka Perez-Silva (1 ace).