North spikes Williamsport

September 29, 1998

North over WilliamsportBy MIKE SIRBAUGH / Staff Correspondent

photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer

The Wildcats roared into the North Hagerstown High gym Monday night, but it was the Hubs who clawed their way to victory in five games 12-15, 15-12, 15-11, 6-15, and 15-11.

In Game 1, fourth-ranked North (4-2, 1-1 MVAL) took an early 10-5 lead, causing Williamsport coach Kristi Gee to call a timeout.

"I told them it was not the team I was used to seeing," Gee said.

After a sideout, Tina McAllister blocked a Hubs kill attempt and sent the Wildcats on a five-point run to knot the score at 10. McAllister's play at the net, coupled with Keya Davis' serving, sent second-ranked Williamsport (4-1, 2-1 MVAL) to a Game 1 victory.


The Hubs stormed back in the second game, building a 5-0 lead before another Williamsport timeout speech motivated the Wildcats to score the next six points behind the serving of Lettie Wilkes.

Trading points, the next Wildcat timeout came with the score 12-11 in favor of North. This time, the strategy backfired as the Hubs outscored Williamsport 3-1, punctuated by Ashley Olszeski's kill. Olszeski finished with 12 kills and seven blocks.

That kill lifted the Hubs, who built a quick 8-1 lead with Michele Grove winning the final four points from the service line. Grove finished the evening with 14 service points, going 25-for-25 from the line, and 24 digs.

The Wildcats then showed why they were undefeated by charging to a 10-9 lead behind Jennifer Jordan's serves.

But North was a different team than Williamsport faced in their first match and would not lie down. The Hubs outscored the Wildcats 6-1 with Nicole Morgan ending the game with two of her 15 kills. Morgan also had 26 assists and racked up 11 service points.

With the score tied 5-5 in Game 4, North seemed to lose its edge. The Wildcats rallied, outscoring the Hubs 10-1 behind the serving of McAllister, Wilkes and Barb Spoonire and Amy Spoonire's net play to tie the match at two games apiece.

The stage was set for a Williamsport win, but the Hubs had come to play.

Both teams played with intensity, leaving nothing left in reserve - diving for balls, going into the stands, colliding with one another.

But when Erica Dattilio took matters into her own hands at the end, registering three kills, the victory belonged to the Hubs. Dattilio finished with 26 assists, 11 kills and five blocks.

"They were a different team than the first time we played them," Gee said.

"They were very scrappy, all over the floor. And we did not play as well as we're capable of."

"We came ready to play," said North coach Tracey McKinsey. "This is the team I see in practice. They really wanted it."

"This was a real team effort. Erica Dattilio really came on at the end and hit hard, and Ashley Olszeski was swinging aggressively in the middle. We seem to run on energy."

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