SILVER SPRING TOWNSHIP — Both Cumberland Valley and State College showed themselves capable Tuesday of putting together runs that could overwhelm an opponent.
With both state tournament–level volleyball squads still working out some early season kinks, though, the question became which one of them could come up with the final, decisive stretch to claim their seesaw matchup.
The answer was the Little Lions, who rallied to win the night’s final two games and take a 3-2 victory over Cumberland Valley in a key Mid-Penn Commonwealth contest at CV’s Eagle Dome Gym. The game scores reflected the match’s back-and-forth nature, with State College registering the 27-29, 25-22, 14-25, 25-17, 15-5 victory.
“We have these highs and lows, but the good thing is that we keep fighting,” State College head coach Chad Weight said. “It’s not pretty. We need to clean up a lot of things, but credit to our kids, they fought.”
State College (3-0, 3-0 Commonwealth) rose from the deck after CV’s lopsided, wire-to-wire win in Game 3, which gave the Eagles (1-1, 1-1) a 2-1 lead and put them on the brink of a match victory.
Game 4 was nip-and-tuck through the early stages, and the teams were tied 15-15 before the Lions hit the accelerator.
Kacy Sekunda got State College going with a pair of kills, and the momentum stayed with the Lions for the remainder of the match. They closed out Game 4 with an 8-0 run served by Lauren Arnold, who recorded four aces on the night.
The State College roll continued right into Game 5, when the Lions opened a 3-0 lead behind Sekunda’s service game and never looked back.
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CV closed it to 3-2 in the opening minutes, but that would be as close as it would get. Arnold and Kate Lachendro controlled things at the net, and State College cruised to the 15-5 win.
“That last game, it was not controlling first touch, not staying aggressive on offense and playing defensive-minded instead of going on offense,” CV head coach Jackie Orner said. “That really was the difference in the game.”
The ending put a damper on what had been a promising outing from CV’s retooled lineup, which pulled out a wild 29-27 win in Game 1 after the teams combined for eight lead changes and 15 ties.
They clicked in Game 3 behind a balanced effort, grabbing the match lead. Sophomore outside hitter Izzy Reisinger put together a strong night, highlighting CV’s mix of veterans and youngsters that is still coming together.
“We’re making progress,” Orner said. “We’re working and fixing the things we need to work on. To go five with State College, who has a lot of players that play year-round together and is a very disciplined, very talented team, is showing progress.”
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