Hawks place second in Hagerstown Invitational

September 06, 1998|By JACK HILL III

The Hagerstown Community College Hawks volleyball team ran into the same roadblock on Saturday as it did on Friday night: Alvin, Texas.

After winning in a tri-match in Hagerstown on Friday night, Alvin defeated the Hawks again on Saturday 15-5, 15-5 in the Hagerstown Invitational Tournament at the HCC athletic complex.

Alvin (8-1) ended up sweeping all four of its matches on Saturday to win the tournament.

"I thought that it was a very good season-opening weekend," Hagerstown coach Marlys Palmer said. "I thought that we hung with Alvin pretty well, even though the score didn't indicate it. We are just glad to be 4-2. Last year, we opened up at 0-3. I think that we need to work on being more aggressive. Once we do that, I think that we'll be a fine ballclub."

Alvin coach Bonny Johnson was impressed with her team.

"It felt good to win the championship," Johnson said. "I thought that we played well. We just stuck to working on mixing up our offense and running some draws. I thought that we made some strides in our offense."


Rachel Dinkins had 10 kills and Lisa Brunner made six blocks for Alvin in its match against Hagerstown.

"Our hitting attack was good," Johnson added. "We had a percentage of about .400. I felt that we played strong all weekend."

Hagerstown swept its other three matches to finish second in the tournament. The Hawks beat Nassau 15-5, 15-5; Lehigh 15-1, 15-6; and Allegany 15-7, 15-6.

Tera Martin had 47 assists, 22 digs and 19 points, while Andrea Nelson had 33 digs, 17 kills and 14 points for Hagerstown. Natalie Linn had 22 points, 20 kills and nine digs, while Molly Schoenberg added 20 kills and seven blocks. Katie Baker had 20 digs, while Beth Malberg had 17 points and nine digs.

Malberg scored 13 of her 17 service points against Nassau, including eight straight points in the opening game.

"I thought that the play of Andrea Nelson was especially good," Palmer said. "She was just everywhere doing so much. She was doing a lot of our passing and she led the team in digs. She is really much improved over last year. Tera Martin did a nice job of running the offense."

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