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Hubs keep on rolling along

October 09, 1998

By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

Sometimes, the best way to overcome a rough start is to just shake it off and go on from there.

The North Hagerstown Hubs volleyball team has done just that as it has overcome an 0-2 start by responding with five straight victories.

The Hubs' latest came on Thursday night as they swept the Clear Spring Blazers 15-4, 15-0, 15-8.

"Our schedule started out tough," North Hagerstown coach Tracy McKinsey said. "We knew that it was going to be tough at the beginning of the year. We had a little bit of nerves at the beginning.

"Our team just continues to improve in all areas as the season goes along," McKinsey added. "I think this team has the potential to go far. I see us back in the state tournament again this year."

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Sophomore Nicole Morgan finished with a perfect 20-for-20 performance at the service line for North. Morgan also contributed 17 service points and 15 assists. Erica Dattilio registered eight kills and Nicole Boyer added four kills for the Hubs.

The Hubs (6-2) scored the final 11 points to break a 4-4 tie and get the Game 1 win. Michelle Grove scored six straight points in one stretch.

Kristie Gossard served for the first 12 points of the Game 2 for North. Morgan got the last three points to complete the shutout victory.

Morgan and Kerri Wolfensberger scored four points each to give the Hubs an 8-4 lead in Game 3. After the Blazers (0-7) narrowed the gap to 8-7, Morgan responded with six consecutive points to give North a 14-7 lead.

Jen Mentzer finished with a 20-for-21 performance in passing and four digs for Clear Spring (0-7). Mandy Englehart made five blocks and Holly Aleshire had three kills.

"Our girls are down right now," Clear Spring coach Karri Ernst said. "Our morale is down and we need a win to pick that up. Hopefully next week, we can find a win somewhere. My girls try hard and, win or lose, that is what matters. There are a few skills that we just need to touch up on. Hopefully, we can improve on those skills by the playoffs, so we can be competitive."

North Hagerstown also won the JV match, 15-6, 14-16, 15-13.

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