Hubs sweep Boonsboro

October 20, 1998

North vs. BoonsboroBy MIKE SIRBAUGH / Staff Correspondent

photos: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer

BOONSBORO - Shades of "Rocky."

You remember the storyline. Powerful Apollo Creed goes to the hometown of an upstart and gives him an opportunity to topple the champion. No one gives the challenger a chance to win. Creed takes Rocky a little lightly and is not prepared for the onslaught by the underdog.

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On Monday, North Hagerstown's volleyball team, No. 5 in the Herald-Mail poll, played the role of Creed and invaded unranked Boonsboro to face the "Rocky" Warriors. When they left town, they were happy to escape with a 15-12, 15-9, 15-12 Monocacy Valley Athletic League victory.

"Flat," said North coach Tracy McKinsey. "We came out flat. We didn't have the intensity that I wanted - and with South (Hagerstown) on Wednesday, I don't know."


Stephanie Strite, who finished with 18 assists, started Boonsboro (6-6, 4-2 MVAL) off with four straight service points, en route to a 6-0 lead that shook McKinsey into calling a time out.

The Warriors kept that six-point margin until Erica Dattilio went to the line for North with the score 10-4. Dattilio got two points back, Michele Grove picked up one, and Nicole Morgan finished the run with four to put the Hubs up by one.

North (7-2, 3-1 MVAL) finished off the first game with a three- point flurry, again led by Dattilio and Grove. Dattilio finished with 16 kills, 13 assists and 11 service points. Grove had 15 digs for the Hubs.

The Hubs then did their best impression of Creed after he got chewed out by his cornerman. They roared out to a 13-2 lead that set Rocky up for a knockdown.

North HubsBut the Warriors picked themselves up off the canvas and outscored the Hubs 7-2 with three points apiece from Jade Whipp and Kelly Baldwin and strong net play from Katrina Woodhams, who finished with 12 kills. They fell short 15-9 but changed the momentum going into Game 3.

"We waited to start playing until it was 13-2," said Warrior coach Kris McGee. "We just did not have enough to get over the edge. I tell the girls that all the time."

The third game was the last round in the slugfest. Boonsboro took the early lead beginning with Whipp's ace from the service line. Whipp had 10 points, five blocks and four kills.

But the Hubs tied it 8-8 as Morgan started their run with an ace from the line. She finished with 20 assists and 11 service points, going 19-for-19 from the line.

From then on, it was like two heavyweights standing toe-to-toe, exchanging thunderous blows and hoping to land that one big punch that sends the other reeling.

But just like at the theater, although Rocky stands tough, he doesn't have enough to beat the more talented and experienced opponent.

"This is what we expected from them," said McGee. "They are just everywhere. They pick up everything. They pass everything. To get over the edge, we need a confidence boost."

"We just lost a big game to Clear Spring. But we stayed with them tonight - neck and neck. We played with a lot of heart, and I'm proud of that."

"We never do well here," McKinsey said. "Boonsboro did a nice job. They're a team that never gives up."

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