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Ephrata closes in on Section Title

Maybe the difference between a senior-laden team and one that is full of sophomores is just what volleyball fans witnessed at Manheim Central Monday night.

The Mounts, with five senior starters, have been through enough matches that they can draw on their experience in tight spots.

The Barons, starting four sophomores and a freshman, haven't yet acquired that extra ingredient to push to overcome a one- or two-point deficit.

As a result, Ephrata defeated Central 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-23) and moved closer to its first Lancaster-Lebanon Boys' Volleyball League Section Two crown.

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Mounts Surge Past Cocalico

A pair of losses by virtue of the PIAA's tie-breaking protocol instituted this season knocked the Ephrata girls out of Lancaster-Lebanon League title contention.

Monday, the Mountaineers allowed no room for doubt in their regular-season finale, spoiling Cocalico's bid for a perfect record with a 92-48 decision in Denver.

The loss dropped the Eagles (6-1) into a tie with Manheim Central — a 100-50 winner over Garden Spot — for the Section Two title.

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Fassnacht fuels Mounts past Pioneers

Six hit batsmen. Five errors.

Wednesday’s wind-whipped L-L Section Two matchup between reigning league champion Ephrata and defending section king Lampeter-Strasburg was anything but your typical game between two of the area’s top teams.

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Mounts drop Barons

There may not be another match in the Lancaster-Lebanon Boys' Volleyball League this season that was a 3-0 sweep but felt like it was destined to go five sets.

Host Ephrata was on the winning end of such a match Thursday night, 25-22, 25-20, 25-14, dipping into its experience to fend off a young but certainly game Manheim Central team.

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Mounts stop Lancaster Mennonite

Midway through the fourth set Tuesday night, the match was at a bit of a crossroads.

Ephrata had taken the first two sets from host Lancaster Mennonite but the Blazers rebounded to win the third.

The Mounts led 16-14 in the fourth but as most of the match proved, a two-point lead didn't add up to much.

This time, though, the Mounts took the two-point lead and built on it, first, with two of Nick Farlow's match-high 29 kills.

Soon, the lead was 21-14 and that was enough of a surge to send Ephrata to the 25-18 fourth-set win and a 3-1 (25-18, 25-23, 16-25, 25-18) victory in the match, the first Lancaster-Lebanon League Section Two match for both schools.

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