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Warriors come up aces to shoot down Barons

November 10, 1998|By MIKE SIRBAUGH / Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO - Boonsboro coach Kris McGee went into the Class 1A West quarterfinal volleyball match with Bethseda-Chevy Chase blind ... like a game of showdown poker.

But when the chips were down, the Warriors owned the winning hand of aces in a 15-3, 15-3, 15-2 victory over the Barons.

"We don't know anything about them," McGee said before the match. "At this point, I think that's to our advantage."

"I'm counting on our serves and offense. If they hit like North or Smithsburg, we can dig that. Our defense is solid and I've got a deep bench. We're going to play them like Smithsburg, like a powerhouse. If they're anything less, well then, we can handle that."

The Barons were quite a bit less. Because of a variety of factors, B-CC returned only one starter from last year and entered the season with four players who had never played organized volleyball.

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But both teams had to play with the cards they were dealt as Boonsboro's Jade Whipp cut the first deck.

Trailing 1-0 after a kill by B-CC's big hitter Rebecca Radovsky, Whipp stepped to the service line and proceeded to give the Warriors a 7-1 lead on the strength of three aces.

The Warriors took advantage of the Barons' inexperience, relying on heavy hitting and B-CC miscues to raise the lead to 11-1 after a Whipp kill.

Amy Michael took over and slipped in a couple of aces to put the Warriors up 14-1.

Radovsky got two points back from the service line, also dropping an ace, before Whipp drew one last serve that Katrina Woodhams slammed for the game winner.

Boonsboro came out a little sloppy in Game 2, but eventually followed the same pattern as the first game. Up 7-3, Michael again stacked the deck in Boonsboro's favor.

Michael served eight straight points to ice the game, picking up two more aces, and Whipp made the final blow with a booming kill.

Whipp totaled five kills, six aces and 11 points. Michael finished with four aces and 10 points and Woodhams had four kills.

McGee used her strong bench to start Game 3 but the Warriors only got stronger.

Becky and Steph Strite combined for the final nine points from the line and Whipp was aided by the strong play of Jennifer Frey at the net.

Boonsboro will play at Urbana on Wednesday.

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