Volleyball sets up for successful season


Varsity volleyball huddles before the North Hagerstown game.

by Grace Corbitt, Reporter

Varsity volleyball had a win against  North Hagerstown on September 19th.

Prior to the North Hagerstown game, varsity player, Reagan Walsh anticipated a close match, “North Hagerstown is a tough team and it’s going to be an exciting game.”

Varsity was able to win three out of the five sets. Toward the end of the first set the game was close, with Linganore up by four points.  Although the first set was tight, Linganore was able to finish on top. Lancers continued to hold their own but unfortunately lost the second set.

 At the end of the third set,the Lancers were up 24-20. With one more point to  win, defensive specialist,Jordan Nicolet, took the final serve of the set and gave Linganore the final point to win the match. Although it was tough, Linganore was able to take home a very impressive win.     

Varsity coach, Andrea Poffinberger, said, ¨beating volleyball powerhouses like North Hagerstown is awesome.¨

Coach Poff coached JV, prior to taking over the varsity team, for 12 years. She said,¨the energy and fast pace of the sport kept me coming back year after year.¨ Coach Poff explained that varsity’s greatest strength is the great character that all of the players possess.  All of the girls on the team get along and are positive towards one another.

So far, Linganore has won four games and lost twp and there are eight games until playoffs. They also had a semi-final appearance in a tournament, which they lost to champion Chambersburg. Linganore is on a promising track toward success in the playoffs. The girls made it to the playoffs last year and are hoping to do it again.

On September 25th, Linganore played an away game against Oakdale and lost, unfortunately.  Last year varsity played away at Oakdale and lost 3-1. 

Players on varsity and JV team have said that of all the teams they have played in regular season, Oakdale was the hardest opponent. Players commented on how Oakdale had a solid set of players in all positions.

Team member, Maddie France, is said to be the anchor of the Varsity team.

Coach Andrea Poffinberger stated that France is one of the best setters in Frederick County.

In the North Hagerstown game France had 10 assists. Outside hitter, Blake Hayden, also stole the show at the North Hagerstown game with 6 kills.

Senior player Jessica Mitchell, who plays middle hitter, had 7 kills. Mitchell took a break from volleyball last year and according to teammates she is one of the best players on the team this year.

Varsity has a solid team of hitters all the way around at every position. 

Story Update: The team won against South Hagerstown on October 2nd.