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Panthers fire blanks in Game 5

September 14, 2000

Panthers fire blanks in Game 5



By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent


MERCERSBURG, Pa. - The high school volleyball match between the Hancock Panthers and the Mercersburg Academy Blue Storm went the distance Wednesday night.

The only problem was the Panthers didn't follow.

The Panthers were not only beaten, but they did not score against the Blue Storm in Game 5, dropping a 6-15, 15-7, 1-15, 15-4, 15-0 match.

"We gave up too many free balls, especially in that fifth game," Hancock coach Debbie Bowman said. "Mercersburg scrapped for everything. Their serving was good. In the fifth game, they started hitting the ball."

Sarah Nusairat led the way for Mercersburg Academy (2-0) with 14 service points, seven kills and four blocks. Ali Cornelius had 13 assists and scored five of her eight service points in the fifth game. Jenny Jones had eight service points, Anna Petry added nine kills and Shelane Jorgenson had eight kills.

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"We finally got the momentum going and we played the way that we were capable of playing during the fifth game," Mercersburg coach Beth Pethel said. "I was very proud of the way that our players played during the fifth game. Most of our kills came during the fifth game. We finally set the ball and hit it the way that we should have during the two games that we lost. When we did those things, that was when we started turning the match around."

Junior Alicia Barnard collected 11 service points and five kills, while Lacey McCusker got 10 kills and eight service points for Hancock (2-1). Bethany Sterner added eight service points and seven assists, while Darlene Marshall had six assists.

"We dug a hole for ourselves and we could not come out of it," Bowman said. "They just kept scoring on us."

Despite the win, Pethel said that there is room for improvement for her hitters.

"We have a lot of height and power this year," Pethel said. "Our hitters have just got to be more consistent."

Hancock quickly swept the JV match 15-1, 15-9.

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