Zephs qualify for districts
Monday's volleyball match with Northampton Area High School had some major implications for the Zephyrs.
A win meant that they would qualify for the district tournament, according to head coach Rob Gardner. Heading into the season Gardner knew they were going to be good, and a postseason appearance affirms that belief.
As they prepared for the match against the Kids, Gardner said that the critical factor to winning was making sure they didn't beat themselves.
"The key to tonight's game for us is to limit our unforced errors," said Gardner. "Our offense has jelled over the last several games with [Olivia] Bobyak, [Liz] Lynch, and [Rebecca] Lutterschmidt all hitting the ball well.
"With only three games left and a tough schedule, we need to put this one away to take the pressure off."
They responded with a 3-1 victory over their North Division rivals, rallying to win three consecutive games after dropping the first. They cemented the Kids, 15-25, 25-20, 25-20, 25-17 to earn their ninth win of the season.
In the game, Bobyak had another superb floor game, registering 10 kills and six blocks. Additionally, Madison Scarfaro had four kills. Defensively, Tanesia Rehrig had 13 digs, while Kori Koehler had 20.
Before that pivotal match, the Zephs faced Pocono Mountain East High School and won 3-0. They upended the Cardinals 25-13, 25-4, 25-19 in a nonleague battle.
Once again, Bobyak asserted herself at the net, finding open space 10 times to lead the Zephs. Koehler had another solid game from the back line, registering six digs.
Gardner said a number of his players have been contributing during their current three-game winning streak. One player who has been helping to facilitate her teammates success is Emily Castro. Gardner said she is making good decisions.
"Emily Castro is doing a great job setting the correct hitter at the right time," Gardner said.
They also beat William Allen High School during this stretch, 25-13, 25-7, 25-15. That win was highlighted by a number of performances, notably Lutterschmidt with nine kills. Scarfaro chipped in with three kills, while Cristal Fernandez had three serving aces.
Gardner said that the "team has been playing well," and with the schedule winding down, they now want to stay in a good rhythm as the postseason approaches. They finish the regular season with games against division foes Nazareth and Parkland, then close out the year with Pocono Mountain East.