Bucks County Herald

Central Bucks South rebounds in time to win at Wissahickon

STEVE SHERMAN

Central Bucks South might have seven seniors on this year’s roster but don’t kid yourself, the Titans are undergoing a youth movement.

Outside hitter Courtney Pohl is just a sophomore and middle blocker Millie Grove was in middle school last year. Both are starters.

CB South is missing Kelly Danyluk, Alyssa Dallmer and Julia Dennis, all of whom graduated and made All-Suburban One League (SOL) honors for the Titans last season.

Fast forward to this year.

“We’re a really young team,” admitted fouth-year CB South head coach Kurt Godfrey. “We’ve got a lot of seniors, but the majority of our starters are underclassmen.”

While the visiting Titans pushed their way to 2-1 on the season with a 3-1 victory over nonleague rival Wissahickon Sept. 7 on the Trojans’ home court, South fell behind after the home team came away with a 25-22 victory in game one, a match in which the Titans committed 17 unforced errors.

“We put the ball into the net, we shanked passes, we got called on doubles (hits),” Godfrey said. “Spotting a team like Wissahickon 17 points is tough to come back from.”

Godfrey attributed the loss in game one to early season jitters.

“We’re young, it’s the beginning of the season and we’re still trying to figure out who we are – who our leaders are going to be on the court,” he said.

Fortunately for South, the Titans’ rebound began in game two. South was ignited by junior Allie Burke, who aced six consecutive serves, to put the Titans on top 9-2 early on in the set.

“She really put us in a position to win that game and got our spirits up,” said CB South co-captain Maddy Morrow, an all-conference selection in 2017. “She really made an impact on our morale.”

The early spark by the Titans in game two was needed in order to quiet a spirited group of football players rallying the home team in the stands.

According to Burke, she and her teammates used the chants by the spectators as motivation on the court.

“We need to have energy all the time,” she said. “Whenever we’re loud and we’re talking, that’s when we’re at our best.

“The football players and all the cheering – all that really just made us motivated.
“We went out and got angry.”

South went up 14-6 in game two on kills by Pohl and Grove, sandwiched in between an error by the Trojans.

“They are really stepping up to fill the big shoes that left last year,” said Morrow, of the play of Pohl and Grove. “I think they’re doing an amazing job.”

While Wissahickon closed within five points on a 4-1 spurt, CB South tied the match at a game apiece with a 10-4 scoring run that closed out a 25-14 triumph in the second set.

In game three, junior co-captain Lizzie Shirley, who led the visitors with 32 assists, used a pair of aces to put the Titans on top, 17-8. CB South closed out a 25-11 victory with an 8-3 scoring run to go up two games to one.

In game four, the Trojans rallied on several occasions, erasing a 20-11 deficit with an 8-2 scoring run, helped along by a couple kills by Hannah Park and a pair of blocks by Autumn Jerman.

The Titans wrapped a 25-19 victory, however, with a kill and a block by Morrow.

Burke led CB South with 15 kills and three blocks. Grove was next on the stat sheet with 11 kills and three blocks.

Morrow chipped in with seven kills and Pohl had six. Junior libero McKenna Clow came through with 11 digs while senior co-captain Maddie Mauri added six saves and Shirley had four.

With the win, South pushed its way to 2-1 overall, 1-1 in the SOL National Conference.

The team won a home battle against Council Rock South (Sept. 8) and was scheduled to face 2017 conference champ Pennsbury in Warrington on Wednesday (results unavailable at presstime).

The Titans – who have made it to districts in each of the past five seasons – continue their quest to make the playoffs six straight years Sept. 14 at Council Rock North.




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