Hatboro-Horsham vs. Plymouth Whitemarsh

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Hatboro-Horsham was tested and rounded out the first half of their season notching a big win with a another sweep (25-18, 25-17, 27-25) against visiting Plymouth Whitemarsh bringing their record to 5-0.

Although the Hatters maintained a fairly consistent lead throughout all 3 sets in the match Hatboro-Horsham found themselves in a favorable 24-20 lead against PW in the third and deciding set. PW was mentally and physically tough as they worked their way back into the game to 24-24 and into taking the lead 25-24. The Hatters were able to side-out, and wrap-up the match 27-25.

Setting the pace in defensive and serve receive were seniors Jess Howard and Jenna Robinson with 10 digs a piece who also both added 3 aces on the line each. Jr. setter Grace Howard added 7 digs with Sr. Sarah Lessig and Jr. Ava Santo contributing 5 digs each as well.

The offense was managed by Jr. setter Grace Howard with 26 assists as well as 2 aces. Sr. setter Maddy Murphy returned to the court in limited action as a server with 3 aces. At the net Jr. Nastya Tsetsko and Kayla Jones played huge roles with 15 and 8 kills respectively. Jr. Ava Santo added 3 kills with Jr. Izzy Bombas and Sophomore Jade Lauzier both bringing 2 kills out of the middle to the table.

"The score doesn't paint an accurate picture of the story. HH vs PW is always a big game, and neither team disappointed. PW has an extremely talent laden and deep bench of athletic players that will be extremely competitive for years to come. They were able to show extreme resiliency against some of the stronger attacks that HH brought to the table when in system, especially in the third set.

We are starting to find rhythm with our offense starting first and foremost in their passing and digging with big contributions in that area from seniors Jess Howard, Jenna Robinson and Sarah Lessig. Setter Grace Howard did a beautiful job at creating opportunities for the offense throughout the night who took advantage of that with some huge swings at the net making it very difficult for PW to stay in system.

I'm extremely proud of this team and what we've been able to do thus far and especially tonight in how they presented themselves. Much like everyone right now, despite our student-athletes juggling everything from their virtual learning to protocols they are finding a way to bring the right focus and effort to both our practices and matches every day and it's shown throughout the first half of the season.

In times like these it can be difficult to remember to enjoy the game we love and I was very happy to see the kids have fun tonight while performing at a high level. Additionally, it was great to see one of our foundational players Sr. setter Maddy Murphy back on the court in limited action as she recovers from an early season injury set back. We look forward to continuing to refine our game, cultivating a competitive nature and performing in the 2nd half of the season."