Farlow reaches milestone as Mounts stay perfect

By on April 13, 2016
Ephrata’s Nick Farlow was presented with a gold ball and a sign in commemoration of reaching the 1,000-career kill plateau during last Thursday’s match vs. Lebanon. Photo by Steve Heydt.

Ephrata’s Nick Farlow was presented with a gold ball and a sign in commemoration of reaching the 1,000-career kill plateau during last Thursday’s match vs. Lebanon. Photo by Steve Heydt.

As a team, the Ephrata boys volleyball team is in the midst of what looks to be a history-making season.

And the leader of that bunch made some history of his own last Thursday in a Section Two match vs. Lebanon. Senior middle hitter Nick Farlow became what is believed to be the first player in Ephrata history to reach 1,000 kills for his career when he collected a match-high 12 kills in the 25-8, 25-6, 25-14 victory.

Farlow entered the match needing 11, and he hit the magic number early in the third game off a set from fellow senior Alex Modrzecki, who has set-up a majority of Farlow’s kills over the years.

Farlow said he was happy to share his feat with his teammate.

“It means everything to me and Alex,” Farlow said of reaching the special mark. “Everybody has been saying no one has ever done this before at Ephrata. It seems like a pretty big deal. It felt pretty good.”

Farlow is one of six senior members of this veteran team that has taken Section Two by storm this year. Including Tuesday’s 3-0 victory over Garden Spot, the Mounts are a perfect 4-0 in Section Two play and are 6-0 overall in non-tournament competition.

“I think we came into the season thinking we could be pretty good,” Farlow said. “We came into it and just kind of starting hitting, and look what happened…I think it’s great. I’ve definitely expressed it to (my teammates) that I expect us to go undefeated this year, through the section hopefully. I do not want to lose the rest of the games we have scheduled.”

Ephrata’s biggest match of the season to date will take place Thursday night (7 p.m.) at home when the Mounts face fellow unbeaten Manheim Central (3-0, 4-0).

In last Thursday’s record-setting match, Farlow tied teammate Hunter Lehman for high honors in aces and blocks with five and three respectively. Modrzecki chipped in with 22 assists while Lehman and Trey Farlow each had eight digs apiece.

In Tuesday’s 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-23) win over Garden Spot, Modrzecki had a big night with four aces and 31 assists. Larry Rupp chipped in with 16 digs while Farlow collected four blocks. Trey Farlow was the kills leader for Ephrata with 19 in the contest.

As for Cocalico, the Eagles also founds some success against Garden Spot, earning a 3-1 victory over the Spartans last Thursday.

In the 26-28, 25-17, 25-13, 26-24 Cocalico win, Nick Baxter had team-highs in kills (15), aces (4), blocks (3) and digs (10) to lead the way. Gavin Stark also contributed as he collected seven assists on the evening.

Cocalico (2-2, 2-3) did dropped a tight 3-2 decision Monday night in a non-league road match at Berks Catholic.

After dropping the first two games (25-22, 25-23), the Eagles responded to win the next two (25-22, 25-15) to force a deciding Game Five. Unfortunately for the Eagles, BC got on a roll and won the fifth by a 15-6 margin to take the match.

Isaac Carpenter had a team-high 20 kills while Stark collected 34 assists and a pair of aces. Deep Bhavani added 11 digs for Cocalico.

Up next, Cocalico will host Elizabethtown Thursday night at 7 p.m.

 

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