PHOENIXVILLE - This is only the second year of the girls volleyball program at Phoenixville Area High School. And it is also just the first official season of the sport in the competitive Pioneer Athletic Conference.
However, the Phantoms have shown progress and enthusiasm to learn and improve their game under co-coaches Laura Howard and Julie Cordingley.
The fun aspect received a real boost on Sept. 18 when the Phantoms defeated Antietam in a non-league contest at the Phoenixville School District gymnasium. Phoenixville won by scores of 25-11, 25-10, 25-19 to post its second non-league win of the fall.
The Phantoms’ other non-league victory came against Conestoga Christian during the recent Twin Valley Tournament.
Phoenixville senior Lucy Bauer had three aces and two kills while younger sister Cecilia Bauer had three aces and seven kills. Mackenzie Smith finished with one ace and two kills. Also, Morgan Gildon had three aces and one kill. Caylin Jenkins had two aces plus five kills. Sophia Tedesco chipped in with two aces and one kill.
“We’re really excited,” said Lucy Bauer. “This is our second win of the season. Our energy was up. We kept talkiing and started strong. I am proud of everyone. This is our first year as an official school sport.
“We are all excited. We have all new players. Antietam is a young team like we are, but we came out on top. Confidence is the key.”
The Bauer sisters continue to play a lot of volleyball during the offseason, which is why they continue to perform at such a high level. They began playing with the Sacred Heart CYO team in Royersford since Holy Family in Phoenixville did not have a team at that time. But now Holy Family does feature volleyball.
From there came club ball in Valley Forge and then the Philadelphia Volleyball Academy. After that came Sparks and Sinergy in the upper age groups with play going from winter until spring.
“I am proud of our team,” said Cecilia Bauer, a sophomore. “Everyone plays hard. We now have all the privileges of the other sports. It is fun.”
The Phantoms plan to continue battling in the rugged PAC-10 and improve facing that type of opposition. At the same time, the Phantoms will continue to work in practice and hope to stay on the upswing in non-league matches against smaller schools with younger squads that are in a similar predicament.
“We’re in a tough league with the PAC-10, especially this year,” said Howard. “It seems really strong. We are proud to be part of it. We try to compete and play our game when we play those teams.”