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Hubs continue strong start

September 11, 1999|By JACK HILL III

The North Hagerstown Hubs have gotten off to a good start during the first week of the high school volleyball season.

The Hubs started off their success on Tuesday with a win over the Smithsburg Leopards, the defending Maryland Class 1A state champions.

North Hagerstown continued its success on Saturday by winning the Third Annual Hub Classic.

North went 7-1 against four opponents to finish first in its pool.

After that, North swept Shalom 15-9, 15-4, 15-10 in its semifinal match.

North then completed its day by sweeping Hampshire 15-2, 15-5 and 15-7 in the championship match to seal the title.

North senior Lindsay Houck came through with a total of 22 service points during the championship match against Hampshire.

"I am just really happy that we can get the season started this way," Houck said. "My serving was just on today. I have been working on it a lot and it just came out today. We got really up for the championship match, because we really wanted it. Our team has a lot of enthusiasm and heart. Once we get started, there is no stopping us."

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Besides Houck, Nicole Morgan and Nicole Boyer also represented North on the All-Tournament Team.

The rest of the All-Tournament Team consisted of Lindsay Stewart and Carrie Largent from Hampshire and Ashley Coperhaven and Abbie Dick from Hedgesville.

"I am excited," North coach Jaime Pryor said. "We played really well as a team and everybody contributed. Our team is very deep. We can take anybody off of the bench. We can put them right in and they can step up to the challenge."

Hampshire advanced to the championship match by sweeping Hedgesville 15-2, 15-8, 15-2 in the other semifinal match.

During the first game of the championship match, Houck served for seven straight points to increase North's advantage to 13-2 over Hampshire.

Houck snapped a 5-5 tie during the second game by chalking up nine consecutive service points to give the Hubs a 14-5 lead.

Houck helped North come back from a 6-5 deficit in the third game by serving for five points in a row to give the Hubs the lead for good at 10-6.

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