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Cedar Crest Falcons
Lancaster-Lebanon League Section 1
Current Record: 7-6
Power Ranking: #18 AAAA (top 16 qualify)
Last Five Games – LLWWW:
- 9-27: Conestoga Valley 3, Cedar Crest 0
- 9-28: Hempfield 3, Cedar Crest 0
- 10-3: Cedar Crest 3, ELCO 1
- 10-4: Cedar Crest 3, Warwick 2
- 10-6: Cedar Crest 3, Penn Manor 1
Season Update: Cedar Crest is sitting on the proverbial “bubble” as they enter into their final three games of the season. Winners of their last three, including last night’s key win over Penn Manor, the Falcons look poised to claim a coveted District 3 playoff spot. Crest lost to upcoming opponent Conestoga Valley earlier in the season, but a starter was injured in that matchup. Another key matchup will be against Manheim Township, which was a 5-set victory for the Falcons the first time the two met on the court. Cedar Crest is aware of the task they have in front of them and while nothing in sports is ever a given, this group of girls will take on the challenge with a serious amount of confidence.
Lancaster-Lebanon League Section 3
Current Record: 8-6
Power Ranking: #23 AAA (top 16 qualify)
Last Five Games – WWLWL:
- 9-27: ELCO 3, Columbia 1
- 9-29: ELCO 3, Octorara 0
- 10-3: Cedar Crest 3, ELCO 1
- 10-4: ELCO 3, Linden Hall 0
- Lancaster Catholic 3, ELCO 2
Season Update: The ELCO girls volleyball team had a four-game win streak to end the month of September and have seemed to come together as a unit as they have endured Section 3 play. With four games remaining, they will need to continue their strong play to have a chance at making the District 3 Tournament. In that mix, they will have another match-up against a familiar foe and Section 3 leader, Northern Lebanon, which will be a good test for the two. Another game will be against non-league opponent, Pine Grove, which will also serve as the Dig Pink game in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month. The Lady Raiders hope to continue with their success using a well-balanced attack that features senior Brooke Auker, senior Gabby Smith, senior Emily Snader, and freshman Chloe Shirk, and Cali Smith. At the heart of it will be senior setter Taylor Stone who has continued to be the backbone for this talented group. With the number of seniors who believe in one another, this could be the defining factor that pushes ELCO through the finish.
Lancaster-Lebanon League Section 2
Current Record: 1-12
Power Ranking: #34 AAAA (top 16 qualify)
Last Five Games – LLWLL:
- 9-27: Lampeter Strasburg 3, Lebanon 0
- 9-29: Ephrata 3, Lebanon 0
- 10-3: Lebanon 3, Milton Hershey 2
- 10-5: Solanco 3, Lebanon 2
- 10-6: Cocalico 3, Lebanon 0
Season Update: Oftentimes in sports, an overall record does not tell the whole story about a team. This is such a case. Case in point was this week for the Cedars who won a hard fought match against Milton Hershey and then lost a tough five set match against Solanco. Coach Dissinger has been very impressed by the level of grit his team has displayed, despite their overall record. Keeping it together are the senior leaders of this team who deserve a lot of credit and who will not be surprised if their current younger teammates begin winning more regularly in future years. Before they start thinking about next season, Lebanon still has four games remaining in this season, including a pink game against Garden Spot and Senior Night next Thursday against Elizabethtown. Rest assured, they will put up a fight in each and every one of those games.
New Covenant Flames
Commonwealth Christian Athletic Conference
Current Record: 11-4
Power Ranking: #6 AA (top 6 qualify)
Last Five Games – WWWLL:
- 9-27: New Covenant 3, Dayspring Christian 1
- 9-29: New Covenant 3, West Shore Christian 0
- 9-30: New Covenant 3, Harrisburg Christian 0
- 10-3: Mount Calvary 3, New Covenant 0
- 10-4: Covenant Christian 3, New Covenant 2
Season Update: The Flames have been busy lately, playing six games over the course of nine days. Fatigue may have been factor, as they dropped the final two after winning the first four. Winning is something that New Covenant has done eleven times this season and they hope to get back to that habit when they play against Conestoga Christian tonight. This game will serve as their Dig Pink match and the start of their final four game push to end the season. If they finish strong, the Flames will not only find their way into their league playoffs, but will make an appearance in the District 3 Playoffs. Getting them to this point have been contributions from several girls, that include: senior libero Renae Rohrer (360 digs, 46 assists, 54 aces); junior setter Dylan Worley (320 assists, 66 aces, 45 kills); senior middle Ella VanDerPloog (95 kills). While this team has already set the New Covenant record for most wins, they remain hungry for more. With every match being vitally important for their post-season hopes, this next week will be interesting.
Northern Lebanon Vikings
Lancaster-Lebanon League Section 3
Current Record: 10-0
Power Ranking: #4 AAA (top 16 qualify)
Last Five Games – WWWWW:
- 9-22: Northern Lebanon 3, Octorara 0
- 9-26: Northern Lebanon 3, Pine Grove 1
- 9-27: Northern Lebanon 3, Linden Hall 0
- 9-29: Northern Lebanon 3, Lancaster Catholic 1
- 10-6: Northern Lebanon 3, Columbia 0
Season Update: In baseball it is considered a jinx to say aloud that a pitcher is throwing a perfect game. Honoring superstition, you will just be directed to look at the record that the Vikings have posted thus far this season. They are obviously in first place in Section 3 and are all but a lock for the District 3 Tournament. Northern Lebanon has played each of its final four opponents already this season, with only one of those teams even taking a set. That team is ELCO and they will meet again on October 13th. The Vikings have been playing excellent volleyball all season and the question remains as to how long they can run this winning streak.
Mid-Penn Conference – Keystone Division
Current Record: 7-7
Power Ranking: #19 AAAA (top 16 qualify)
Last Five Games – WLLWL:
- 9-21: Palmyra 3, Carlisle 0
- 9-26: Lower Dauphin 3, Palmyra 0
- 9-28: West York 3, Palmyra 2
- 10-3: Palmyra 3, Red Land 0
- 10-5: Mechanicsburg 3, Palmyra 0
Season Update: The Palmyra Lady Cougars have grown a tremendous amount since last season. They now stand at seven wins are close to being in the top sixteen qualifiers for the District 3 Tournament. Four games remain, with at least two of them being very difficult on paper (Hershey, 10/10; Manheim Central 10/17). With that being stated, Palmyra did pull off a five-set victory over Hershey earlier this season. If they can do that again, they will be able to help their cause. At this point, the Cougars surely believe in their ability to win and it will just be a matter of if they can do enough of it to make the post-season.
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