Mounts’ amazing run comes to an end in State opener

By on June 8, 2016
Ephrata’s Nick Farlow (right) drills a shot during the District Tournament vs. Governor Mifflin. Last Wednesday, Farlow closed out his EHS career as the Mounts were eliminated by Penn Trafford in the first round of States. Photo by Mike Shull.

Ephrata’s Nick Farlow (right) drills a shot during the District Tournament vs. Governor Mifflin. Last Wednesday, Farlow closed out his EHS career as the Mounts were eliminated by Penn Trafford in the first round of States. Photo by Mike Shull.

The greatest season in Ephrata boys volleyball history came to an end last Wednesday in the opening round of the PIAA Class AAA Tournament at Greater Latrobe High School in Latrobe.

Facing District Seven champion Penn Trafford in their first-ever appearance in the State Tourney, the Mounts just couldn’t get over the hump in this one as they dropped a 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-19) decision to the Warriors.

The Mounts were led by Nick Farlow, who collected 15 kills in his final high school match. Hunter Lehman added eight kills while Alex Modrzecki added two blocks, eight digs and 29 assists and Spencer Linton chipped in with a pair of aces for Ephrata.

“We just didn’t have it tonight,” Ephrata Coach Bob Witwer said in an e-mail after Wednesday’s loss. “We really could’ve won. (It was a) lost opportunity. Don’t get me wrong, (the Warriors) were good with a ton of options, but we should’ve beat them.”

The Mounts, who were the fourth-seeded team out of District Three, captured their first-ever Section Two crown this past spring. Ephrata, also advanced to both the L-L League and District Three semifinals.

The Mounts closed out the year at 18-5.

“(We were) not quite enough (Wednesday) when you’re playing one of the top 16 teams in AAA in PA,” Witwer said. “(But) I’m tremendously proud of all they accomplished this year. It was a great run.”

Penn Trafford (21-1) advanced to Saturday’s quarterfinals where the Warriors defeated North Allegheny 3-1 (25-23, 23-25, 25-22, 25-22) to move on Tuesday’s semifinals opposite District Three champion Penn Manor.

Fellow District Three combatant Hempfield reached the other semifinal and was scheduled to face District One champ Pennridge on Tuesday.

Tuesday’s winners will advance to Saturday’s finals which will be held in Penn State’s Rec Hall, beginning at 1 p.m.

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