Warrior's honesty helps Smithsburg

September 23, 1998|By JACK HILL III

BOONSBORO - Like any good team, the Smithsburg volleyball team took advantage of its opportunities Tuesday - including the one that came as the result of an opposing player's honesty.

With Boonsboro leading 10-5 in Game 3, a Smithsburg hit bounced out of bounds, but there was a question as to whether or not Boonsboro's Amy Wagner had touched the ball.

Wagner admitted she had touched it, a confession that gave Smithsburg possession and momentum. The Leopards outscored the Warriors 10-3 the rest of the way to sweep the Warriors 15-4, 15-3, 15-13.

Smithsburg coach Jim Klein was impressed with the display of good sportsmanship on the part of the Warriors.

"Boonsboro showed a tremendous level of sportsmanship, which was higher than I have ever witnessed before in six years of coaching," Klein said. "Amy Wagner's touch call when Boonsboro was up 10-5 in the third game was crucial. I don't know of any other person that would admit a touch call. She is a good, honest student-athlete. If there was any type of sportsmanship award, then that alone deserves an award."


Smithsburg senior Kelli Martin served the final four points in the third game to seal the match for the Leopards. Martin had 30 assists, 21 points and four aces. Overall, Martin went 26-for-27 from the service line, including nine straight points near the end of the second game.

"When Coach Klein calls timeouts, he tells us to fight back harder," Martin said. "That brings us closer together as a team. Our team knows when it is time to play. We just come in knowing what we need to do and we get it done. Boonsboro's defense was real good, but we just played an almost perfect offensive game."

Carey Brennan had 12 kills and four blocks, while Kelly Ashley and Rachel Bachtell had nine kills each for Smithsburg (4-0). Jenelle Stouffer added four digs and Heather Ashley had four kills.

Katrina Woodhams had 14 digs and three kills, while Candi Zeigler added nine digs for Boonsboro (2-3). Margo Miller finished with 100 percent serving and eight digs, while Jade Whipp had five blocks and four kills.

"I thought that we played both aggressive defense and offense," Boonsboro coach Kris McGee said. "But they matched us and then they pushed past us. We played solid, but we just need a little bit more experience."

Smithsburg also swept the JV match, 15-6, 15-1.

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