Girls Volleyball League Rivalry Heats up Tonight

The Hempfield Black Knights defeated the Comets twice during the regular season. But the Comets may very well overtake their biggest rival in the league championship?

The Hempfield Knights and the Penn Manor Comets meet in the Girls Volleyball League championship at Manheim Township High School at 7:00 tonight. The Comets, not ranked, are defined as the underdogs competing against the Knights who are ranked third in the state in class AAA, and who won the last 7 of 8 League titles.

The league playoffs are played back-to-back for three days.

“We have to be prepared because we don’t get to practice in between games,”said Coach Jarrod Staub. “We played them twice so we know how they play.”

Both the Comets and the Knights dominated their opponents during the league playoffs, and both feel confident that they are the better team. The Knights have more experience playing in the “big game,” but the Comets know it won’t be easy, but expect to surpass the Knights, and grab the league championship title.

“Our strengths is the height of our players, our good offense, serving tough and good blocking,”said Staub. “The one thing that could be better is our defense.”

The question everyone is having for this game is what will the Comets do different  this game compared to the regular season?

“Consistency and not to have dumb mistakes like we had in the previous regular season games,” said Staub.

The winner of the game will get the number one L-L League seed into the District Three class AAA tournament. Whichever team loses will be awarded the number two seed. The District tournament will start Saturday.

By Ryan Mays