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HCC sweeps to Classic title

October 24, 1998|By JACK HILL III

Hagerstown Community College put together four elements of the game of volleyball, and that propelled the Hawks to a sweep of all four opponents and the title of Lady Hawk Fall Classic Friday night at the HCC athletic center.

The Hawks had a .260 hitting percentage, 22 blocks, 22 service aces and some effective passing.

Hagerstown beat Charles 15-3, 15-11, Allegany 15-3, 15-7 and Potomac State 15-6, 15-4. That set up a showdown between Hagerstown and Delaware Tech, which the Hawks won 15-7, 15-13.

"We probably had the best hitting percentage out of anybody in the tournament today," Hagerstown coach Marlys Palmer said. "We scored a lot off of our blocks. This was probably our best serving performance of the season. We also passed the ball very well. When you put all of those things together, that made us a tough team to beat today."

Hagerstown completed the regular season with an overall record of 24-10 and will host the Region XX Tournament on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

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Tera Martin was a big part of Hagerstown's passing game with 70 assists. Martin also added 34 service points and 15 digs.

"I feel wonderful about our team's progress," Martin said. "It is like we are peaking at the right time. ... We know that next weekend will be important, and we are going to have to just go out there and show everybody our stuff."

Andrea Nelson had 22 kills, 22 service points and 22 digs, while Katie Baker added 22 digs, 19 kills and 13 service points. Natalie Linn finished with a .365 hitting percentage, 18 kills and six blocks. Molly Schoenberg had a .311 hitting percentage, 21 kills and 10 blocks. Jennifer Johnson had 17 digs and 13 service points, Beth Malberg added 22 service points and 11 digs and Britt Jones had 16 digs and 12 kills.

Trailing 4-0 in the second game against Delaware Tech, Baker got three points to enable Hagerstown to reduce the deficit to 4-3. Baker later snapped a 10-10 tie by serving for four points to put the Hawks on top for good. After Delaware Tech cut the lead to 14-13, Martin served the game-winning point for Hagerstown to seal the match.

"I think the team seemed to be more loose today, and that seemed to help them," Palmer said. "We have been trying to get them to lighten up and laugh a little bit more."

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