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HJC volleyball team loses at nationals

November 26, 1996

MIAMI, Fla. - Outsized, outscored, anything but outplayed was Hagerstown Junior College as it opened with two losses in the National Junior College volleyball championships in Miami, Fla.

"It's a doggone shame," HJC coach Marlys Palmer said after the Lady Hawks were defeated in straight sets and eliminated from national competition.

"Person after person (after the match) would commend us on how hard we fought," Palmer said. "We just couldn't get over the hump."

A 16-18, 14-16, 4-15 loss to Kankakee (Ill.) Community College in the second match was led by Heather Aleshire with 14 kills, 13 digs and eight service points. Eleanor Baker had 11 digs and 10 points and Alexa Robertson added seven digs, six kills and five points. Setter Julie Frazee registered 29 assists for HJC.

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The Lady Hawks (39-8) dropped their opening match 8-15, 11-15, 12-15 to Barton (Kan.) Community College. Frazee tallied 28 assists and served seven points to lead the way. Aleshire had 12 kills and 11 digs while Baker added 10 points, nine digs and seven kills. Robertson had 11 digs and six kills.

Although HJC will play one more match today, the team has no chance of advancing further in the tournament.

"We still have another round to go tomorrow, but because we didn't win any of our games today, we're eliminated," Palmer said. "No matter what."

"We were outsized, the other teams were much bigger than we were . .. We put on a tremendous show."

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