South sub surfaces

September 22, 1998


photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer

When coach Brad Helman learned that starting setter Toby Long would be out for South Hagerstown's match against Clear Spring on Monday night, courtesy of a sprained ankle, he inserted senior Janice Harp in his starting lineup.

"We're missing one of our starters, and we really need her to step up," Helman said prior to the match.

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Harp responded with 20 assists and a 24-for-24 performance from the service line to lead South past the Blazers 15-3, 15-6 and 15-9.

"We changed our whole offensive scheme for her, and she did everything we hoped for and then some,'' Helman said. "That was the secret to everything."


Harp's perfection mirrored her 100 percent serving for the year and sparked the Rebels (3-2) as they served 89 percent against the Blazers. Ashley Herr joined in the fun going 14-for-14 from the service line with two aces. Herr added four kills.

"I'm so pleased with this group," said Helman. "Our team passing was superb, and our team attitude came together, and that was a key."

The recipient of most of that passing was Kari Belin, the Rebels' big hitter, who finished with 17 kills.

"We've been in a slump lately," said Belin. "It's just a really good feeling. The passes were there, and the timing was good."

Clear Spring (0-2) had a hard time getting that same precision teamwork.

"We didn't play good ball," coach Karri Ernst said. "We set the ball too much to Belin, probably better than they did. We got ourselves in a hole and couldn't get out."

The Blazers lost their own big hitter, Holly Aleshire to an asthma attack during the second game. She was taken by ambulance to Washington County Hospital, where she was treated and released.

"She couldn't catch her breath," said Ernst. "We sat her down thinking she'd get her breath back, but it just got worse. We didn't have our minds on the game much after that."

Even with their minds elsewhere, the Blazers put forth a stalwart effort. In the third game, Clear Spring took a 9-5 lead behind the serving of Mandy Englehart before Herr and Harp combined to serve for the last 10 points of the match.

For the Rebels, Belin said it best, "We had a lot of fun tonight."

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