Smithsburg (sort of) passes opening test
By CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent
To hear Jim Klein talk, one might reasonably think his Smithsburg volleyball team was dominated in the Thursday night's season opener.
Apparently Klein expects a great deal more despite the No. 2 Leopards' 15-8, 15-10, 15-13 sweep of No. 3 North Hagerstown in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League.
"We passed off our heels, and we didn't serve as consistently tough as we're capable of serving," said Klein. "That slowed us down in certain areas where we need to be precise. Our offense is predicated upon speed and accuracy, and that becomes extremely important with passing."
Smithsburg's offense was indeed slow getting started. The Hubs rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to forge a 5-2 advantage before the Leopards used five unforced North errors for a 9-1 run. Lauren Richards finally registered Smithsburg's first kill for a point late in that run before two more unforced errors, and kills from Michelle Feiser and Heather Ashley, gave the Leopards the Game 1 win.