Williamsport sweeps South

October 02, 1998

Williamsport sweeps SouthBy Bill Sterner / Staff Correspondent

photos: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer


Many coaches believe that strong tradition in a program can be worth a few wins each season. It is, at the very least, an intimidating presence in any sport.

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In volleyball, there are few schools that sport tradition more than the Williamsport Wildcats. With seven state championship banners adorning the walls of their gymnasium, they have certainly made it a difficult place to win over the years.

South High (3-5, 2-3 Monocacy Valley) found out just how difficult Thursday night, dropping a three-game match, 15-7, 15-7, 15-6, to the No. 2-ranked Wildcats (4-1,3-1) in a non-league matchup. For Rebels coach Brad Helman, the tradition of the Wildcat program didn't bother his team as much his team's lack of depth when it faces the top squads in the area.


"We have plenty of good athletes at South," Helman said. "Depth of players is an issue that determines most of our outcomes."

What Helman was referring to was the fact that the Rebels have only a few athletes who devote the necessary time to becoming top-notch volleyball players. Year-round leagues have become the norm for many area teams.

Williamsport over South"Other teams we play have several players in club volleyball and it shows," Helman continued. "But, it is not an excuse. We prepare and accept what happens."

Williamsport coach Kristi Gee agreed with Helman. "It certainly makes a difference when the athletes know the game a little coming to us."

The Wildcats started slowly in each of the first two games as South scored the initial points, making the Wildcats struggle back from behind before pulling away. In Game 3, Williamsport raced out to an 8-1 lead and never looked back.

"We passed the ball very well tonight on the serve receive and on defense," Gee said. Lettie Wilkes had 11 assists for Williamsport. "Though I wish we had a better night serving, Megan Andrews certainly did an excellent job for us there."

"We certainly were not afraid of coming in here," Helman said. "We respect all of our opponents, but fear of the past never enters the picture."

Kari Belin led South's effort with 12 kills, while Janice Harp was 11-for-11 from the service line with 13 assists. Ashley Herr was 9-for-9 from the service line for the Rebels.

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