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Photo: Kris Morahan, License: N/A, Created: 2019:04:02 17:28:15

PHOTO/KRIS MORAHAN Senior Nick Smith sets up a play Tuesday night in the Warriors win over the Eagles.

At Elk Lake, Nate Preston had 11 digs and Nick Smith had eight blocks to lead the Warriors to a 3-2 win over division foes, Mountain View on Tuesday.

It was Elk Lake’s first league win since April 13, 2017.

Coach Bo Bushnell said, “It feels good to get that win and to get over that bump in the road. The biggest thing that led to this victory was great teamwork, something we haven’t had the last couple seasons.”

“It was a great team win, the first win is always the hardest, especially when the team hadn’t won in over two years,” said Preston, a senior. “I was on the last volleyball team that won a game, in my sophomore year, so it was nice to get the program back in the win column. Teamwork and communication definitely propelled us to a win.”

Senior captain Dylan Fernald added, “Coming from a rough season last year, the team was very determined to do better this year. Everyone has been working very hard so far this season. This match demonstrated that we’ve improved and we are going to keep improving. We’ve been working on our teamwork and communication a lot over the past two years.”

Bushnell was understandably happy for his squad, giving them the credit they deserve.

“The boys are coming together as one team and helping each other out on the court. We aren’t going to change anything with our strategy or line-up. We are just using the momentum from this game to improve our skills in practice and get us on the track to more wins this season.”

Fernald agreed, “Everyone was on the same page, everything clicked. We played as a team and that’s what made us win. Now we are looking to take more games and we’re going to fine tune our mechanics and game scenarios. The team is looking forward to our future games to keep proving that we are here to win games this year. This is my first win on the volleyball team. I am very proud of all the guys and their work. Everyone was motivated last night and it felt really good to get that win.”

For the win, Elk Lake won sets two (25-14), three (25-20) and five (15-9), while Mountain View claimed set one (26-24) and four (25-21).

Mitch Schwarztrauber had 11 digs for Elk Lake on Tuesday against Abington Heights, but it wasn’t enough to start a streak as the Warriors were shut down 3-0.

On the night, the Comets won in three sets, 25-9, 25-13, and 25-20.