Wildcats win in alarming fashion

November 09, 1999

By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

Photo by RIC DUGAN / Staff Photographer

WILLIAMSPORT - Time is of the essence to the Williamsport Wildcats. At least, it was on Monday.

Williamsport so throughly dominated the Catoctin Cougars, it should have taken the Wildcats only 38 minutes to finish a 15-2, 15-1, 15-1 sweep.

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But instead, the Class 1A South region volleyball quarterfinal match lasted an extra 15 minutes due to a fire alarm delay.

"It was something that definitely has not happened since I have been coaching here," Williamsport coach Kristi Gee said. "It was something that the players will always remember; especially the seniors during their final year."


Senior middle hitter Tina McAllister, fresh off a run of six straight service points to start the third game for Williamsport (14-1), started what became a side out for Catoctin (1-14) after the longest volley of the night.

The fire alarm went off right at the beginning of that long volley, and rang throughout the point.

"I was just staying focused during the match; especially when the alarm went off," McAllister said. "Once that volley was over with, then I started to wonder about what we would do. We were wondering whether to continue play or exit."

Williamsport will now travel to Poolesville for the region semifinal on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

McAllister finished with seven service points, while Tara Russell added eight straight service points in the early part of the first game and six kills for Williamsport. Sophomore Danielle Munson added six kills and three blocks, while Kristine Porac and Jennifer Jordan contributed nine assists each for the Wildcats.

"We have got a lot of team support and unity," McAllister added. "Supporting one another is the one thing that can help us to get far in the tournament."

Williamsport has been co-champions in the MVAL for all of Gee's four years as coach.

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