The Hershey Panthers volleyball team captured first place Saturday at the Elm Creek Invitational with a two-set victory over Wood River in the championship match.The Lady Panthers won the first set, 25-20, and finished off the Lady Eagles, 25-18, to get the sweep.
Hershey Head Coach Amy Beyer was happy for the wins but said the team needs to learn how to close out sets.
“We opened up nice with an 8-10 point lead in both sets and then let them back into the match,” she said.
Hershey went undefeated in the tournament. The Panthers reached the finals with two-set victories over Pleasanton and Southern Valley.
Pleasanton give Hershey all the battle they wanted, but the Panthers prevailed, 25-22 and 25-22. Beyer said consistency was an issue. It was their first match of the day.
“We had a little shaky start but battled through it,” Beyer said. “We need to focus and make teams pass.”
In the semifinals, the Panthers handled Southern Valley 25-20 and 25-17.
“It was a good confidence builder for our team,” she said. “Sydney Wolken served the ball well and Emily Barr stepped up as a leader. We need that from her.”
Wolken led the team with 27 points during the day. Barr had 25 kills and Brittney Richardson added 32 assists.
The wins improved the Panthers’ record to 5-2.
Next, Hershey travels to Gothenburg Friday for the Harvest Festival Invitational.