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Ephrata wins backyard battle with Cocalico
The Ephrata girls volleyball team completed the season sweep over Cocalico Tuesday night at home, turning back the Lady Eagles in an exciting 3-1 decision.
Earlier in the year, the Lady Mounts earned a 3-0 victory in Denver, but it was a lot tighter Tuesday as three of the four games were decided by two points.
The host Lady Mounts (4-4) took Game One by a 25-18 count before edging the Lady Eagles 25-23 in Game Two. Game Three followed a similar path as this time Cocalico prevailed, 27-25 to force a fourth game. Ephrata finally put away Cocalico in the fourth as the Lady Mounts pulled out a 25-23 decision to clinch the win.
Ligia Manguino had a big night for the Lady Mounts, collecting a team-high 15 kills to lead the way. Junior Morgan Lehman contributed four blocks while Kayla Miller served up four aces in the victory as Ephrata improved to 4-4 in Section Two.
Dana Shugarts led the way for the Lady Eagles (3-4), collecting 14 kills. Kristen Boyer chipped in with seven blocks and three aces while Gina Glass and Olivia Tuel each added three aces in the loss.
In addition to Tuesday, Ephrata earned a pair of non-league victories this past week.
Monday night at home vs. Elco, the Lady Mounts cruised in a 3-0 victory over the Raiders.
Ephrata made quick work of Elco, winning by scores of 25-10, 25-10 and 25-13.
Sarah Hoffer had a big night at the net, collecting team highs in both kills (11) and blocks (2). Manguino added seven aces in the victory.
Last Wednesday at Columbia, Ephrata clinched a 3-2 win by taking Game Five by a 15-5 score.
Manguino had a team-high 12 kills while Hoffer contributed four blocks. Nicole Saylor served up six aces as well for the winners. More BATTLE, page B-2