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Musselman spikes Berkeley Springs

September 20, 1999|By BOB PARASILITI

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The Musselman volleyball team was in rally mode long before rally scoring was required.

The Applemen put themselves in a position where they were forced to pick up the pace. And once they got it going, it was a "snap."

Musselman battled back from two games down - largely on a streak where it scored 20 of 22 points - by finding its missing service stroke to storm back for a 3-2 victory over Berkeley Springs.

Nicole Taylor took the encouragement of her teammates to heart, using a serving tip to first turn the third game around and then lead the Applemen to a 10-15, 11-15, 15-13, 15-2, 15-12 victory for their first win in seven tries.

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"I don't know what happened. I don't know why we weren't serving right," Taylor said. "I'm usually a pretty good server. I want to win and I want to be in control of the ball."

Serve after Applemen serve either ticked the net or went long, allowing Berkeley Springs to get the upper hand behind the offerings of Megan Zahnow and Nicole Somers.

But at two games down and down 13-10, Taylor unloaded an ace. Then, after a Berkeley Springs' timeout, Taylor scored two more points to tie the game.

"We were yelling 'snap' at each other," Taylor said. "I get anxious and sometimes forget. Snap is what you are supposed to do with your wrist when you hit the ball. We needed a reminder."

Taylor got the Applemen in position, but it took two substitutes - Georgia Zetts and Beth Curry - to finish off the game.

"We were out of substitutions," Musselman coach Shawn Martz said. "They went in and got the win for us. Georgia was setting points and Beth served them out. I keep telling them every player on the team is important and today proved it."

Taylor went back to the service line with a 2-0 lead in Game 4 and ripped out six straight points for an 8-0 lead, followd by a another three points to help tie the match.

The two teams battled to three ties in the deciding game, alternating points until the Indians' Nicole Maslauskas unloaded a long serve giving the Applemen a 14-12 lead. Morgan Anders served out the match as Musselman scored 35 of the last 49 points of the match.

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