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Eagles finally fly off with win

October 16, 1998|By JACK HILL III

Things were not as they appeared Thursday night at the South Hagerstown High School gym.

Just when the Francis Scott Key Eagles looked like they would sweep the Rebels away, they didn't. And just when South looked like it was putting things back together, the Rebels came apart.

The result: a 15-6, 15-11, 13-15, 15-7 victory for FSK in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League volleyball match.

The Rebels (5-7, 3-3) were trailing 13-11 in the third game when Toby Long scored three points and Ashley Herr added the game point to give the Rebels a surprising win.

Then in Game 4, Jennifer Sawyer started out with four consecutive points for Francis Scott Key (8-2, 6-2). But South (5-7, 3-3) went ahead 6-4 behind four points by Janice Harp and two points from Laura Wishard.

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After that, the Eagles outscored the Rebels 11-1 for the rest of the way to seal the match.

"Our serving really helped us in the fourth game," Francis Scott Key Coach Alice Smith said. "Carrie Ness did a good job of setting the ball on the net and that put our hitters in good position to make the kills."

Sawyer tallied 14 service points and six service aces. Carrie Wendt contributed 11 assists and Kim Sheedy had eight kills for the Eagles.

"I think that we played pretty strong in the first game," Smith added. "But we didn't play as well in the third game and that allowed South to get back into the match. We need to play stronger for the entire match, if we want to sweep it in three games."

And while the Eagles may have been lacking a little strength, South coach Brad Helman is seeing a little more muscle out of his side.

"I am extremely pleased with our team," Helman said. "I saw more hustle and intensity tonight from our players than I have seen from any practice or game up to this point in the season. If the girls continue to play with this intensity, we have a chance of being successful for the rest of the season."

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