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Wildcat victory thing of the pass

September 13, 2000

Wildcat victory thing of the pass



By BOB PARASILITI / Staff Writer


WILLIAMSPORT - Volleyball is more than a passing fancy at Williamsport, especially when the Wildcats are doing some fancy passing.

The Wildcats have all the power ingredients to be impressive when they play well, but without the finesse, it goes for naught.

No. 4 Williamsport went from naught-y to nice in the course of a few points Tuesday, turning what could have been a long evening against No. 7 North Hagerstown into a relatively easy 15-9, 15-10, 15-3 victory.

"In the beginning of each game, we were making a lot of errors," Williamsport coach Kristi Gee said. "We weren't passing well, but once we got in the groove, things started going well."

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In the first two games, North (0-2) seemed to have the Wildcats where they wanted them - on their heels.

The Hubs rolled out to a 7-4 lead in the first game and a 3-0 advantage in the second while Williamsport launched the ball in general directions. Then the Wildcats threw the switch.

Better control on the passing game turned Danielle Munson and Katie Spoonire into overpowering spiking weapons. If Williamsport could get the ball to them, it usually was put down.

Still, North led 9-7 in the first game until Munson took the service line. She responded with seven straight points to give Williamsport a 14-7 advantage that she personally finished of one turn later with a spike.

"We are extremely inconsistent right now," Jamie Pryor said. "My returning players are inconsistent and our younger players are inconsistent, but I think it's just early. That first game, we had them until we had seven hitting errors in a row."

Until then, North made Williamsport work to get into the game.

"You have to give North credit," Gee said. "The first game, they kept digging everything we sent over the net. They weren't finishing us off, but they were getting it over the net and forcing us to keep playing to get the point."

The Hubs held an early 5-2 lead in the second game until Spoonire stepped to the service line and pushed the Wildcats into an 8-5 lead. North tied the game at 10-10, but Williamsport scored the final five points to close out the game.

"We pretty much had trouble with Williamsport last year," she said. "When we got to the third game, the girls came out with their heads down. It was pretty much time to stand back and take our medicine. Hopefully, we'll be more consistent the next time we face them."

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