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Wildcats sweep by South

October 30, 1998|By JACK HILL III

For the South Hagerstown volleyball team, things were a little bit better, and yet remain the same.

Yes, the Rebels fell 15-2, 15-8, 17-15 Thursday night to Williamsport in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League, but head coach Brad Helman knew his team's improvement still isn't enough.

"We definitely played Williamsport much tougher this time than what we did last time," Helman said. "Again, mental errors and breakdown of fundamentals cost us the match."

The Williamsport sweep was completed with a wild Game 3. The lead changed hands several times before South (5-9, 3-5) had a game point at 15-14. But Jennifer Jordan got three in a row for the Wildcats (12-1, 6-1) to finish it off.

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It wasn't the first deficit Williamsport overcame on the day. The Wildcats came back from an early 6-1 deficit to take a 15-8 victory in the second game.

"I thought that we played well in the first game," Williamsport coach Kristi Gee said. "We were able to run our offense well and we got the kills when we needed them. During the second and third games, our passing broke down. We couldn't get the ball to the setter. As a result, we struggled on both offense and defense."

Despite the struggle, Williamsport won its eighth straight match. Its JV team won 2-0 to move to 13-0.

Lettie Wilkes collected 19 assists and seven kills, Amy Spoonire contributed 11 assists and Jordan added nine assists and six digs for the Wildcats. Keya Davis came up with nine service points and six digs, while Barb Spoonire registered nine kills for Williamsport.

Tara Russell added seven kills and five blocks, while Tina McAllister had six digs, four kills and three blocks for the Wildcats.

Kari Belin registered 17 kills, while Janice Harp contributed 17 assists for the Rebels.

Both Laura Wishard (15-for-15) and Ashley Herr (10-for-10) served 100 percent for South Hagerstown. Wishard tallied eight service points, while freshman Allison Wine added five kills for the Rebels, who seem to be putting things together at the right time.

"We continued to improve and just try to peak in time for the playoffs," Helman said.

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