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Rebels rally past Clear Spring

September 09, 1998|By JACK HILL III

CLEAR SPRING - One of the newest rules in Maryland high school volleyball this year modifies the scoring system for the fifth game in a match.

The rule, called the "rally system," states that when the serving team does not score a point, the other team gets more than just the serve - they score a point, as well.

The South Hagerstown Rebels used the rally system to their advantage, scoring five points off the new rule to get past the Clear Spring Blazers 15-7, 10-15, 15-12, 11-15 and 15-7 on Tuesday night in a Washington County high school volleyball match.

During the deciding fifth game, Ashley Herr scored seven straight points and Carrie Keller added four in a row to help South build an 11-3 advantage. The match eventually ended on a game-ending kill by Kari Belin to seal the Rebels' 15-7 win.

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After struggling for much of the match with their serving, the Rebels showed sudden improvement with a perfect 14-for-14 performance during the fifth game.

South Hagerstown coach Brad Helman was happy about his team's success in his varsity debut.

"It feels real good to win my first varsity match," Helman said. "Senior leadership pulled it out for us. Serving was a problem for most of the match. But when it counted, we got our serves for the rally points."

Toby Long finished with a 17-for-18 serving performance, 11 points and 11 assists, while Herr had 18 points and 12 assists for the Rebels. Belin added 24 kills and five blocks, Laura Wishard had 11 points and Emilie Bonano had nine points.

Holly Aleshire had 10 points, eight assists and five kills for the Blazers. Suzy Ernst had 14 points and five kills, while Tara Myers scored 10 points. Kasey Gruber and Jen Mentzer each had 100 percent serving.

"It was a hard-fought match," Clear Spring coach Karri Ernst said. "Our girls hustled and they played good. South just had a few runs that just took us out of games three and five."

South also won the JV match 15-12, 2-15 and 15-7.

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