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HCC splits home tri-match

September 24, 1998|By JACK HILL III

The Hagerstown Community College volleyball team is having a hard time executing consistently in several different areas.

As a result, the Catonsville Cardinals swept the Hawks 15-6, 15-12, 15-9 on Wednesday during the first part of their Maryland JuCo Conference tri-match at the Hagerstown athletic complex.

Hagerstown later managed to defeat the Allegany Trojans, 15-3, 15-3, 8-15, 15-7.

Catonsville swept Allegany, 15-9, 15-12.

Hagerstown coach Marlys Palmer said that her team still needs to work on quite a few things.

"The Hawks continue to struggle with consistency, which cost us our first loss to Catonsville since the Region XX Tournament in 1993," Palmer said. "Until we improve our serving and spiking consistency and develop some sort of team chemistry, we are going to continue to struggle.

"We committed 12 service errors in the three games against Catonsville and 15 service errors in the four games against Allegany," Palmer added. "We had 14 spiking errors in the match against Allegany and 12 spiking errors against Catonsville, many of which resulted in points for the other team."

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Catonsville (10-8, 4-0) successfully executed the strategy laid down by its coach, Jerry Hulla, to sweep Hagerstown (10-7, 4-1).

"We knew that they were going to try to put up a good block up front," Hulla said. "We wanted to make sure that we could cover our hitters so that we could get second and third opportunities to hit the ball. We also wanted to try to constantly keep moving around on offense so that we didn't give Hagerstown a chance to stand still and set up their block."

"I think that another thing that helped us to win was that we served tough, so that would keep them from getting their offense set up," Hulla added.

There were a few highlights for Hagerstown.

Andrea Nelson finished with a .409 hitting percentage (21 kills in 44 attempts). Molly Schoenberg had 17 kills and eight blocks, while Natalie Linn had 15 kills. Katie Baker added 24 digs and 10 kills, while Britt Jones had 15 digs and 12 kills.

Hancock graduate Jenny Spade came up with an ace on game point to help Allegany (1-7, 1-3) to its only win over Hagerstown in Game 3.

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