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Hawks fly high, sweep Allegany

September 16, 2000

Hawks fly high, sweep Allegany



By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent


During some crucial moments Friday, six-foot sophomore middle hitter Erica McCann came up with some crucial plays.

McCann finished with a .538 hitting percentage and had eight kills and six blocks. Her performance at the net helped Hagerstown Community College make quick work of the Allegany College Trojans 15-4, 15-3 and 15-3 in a Maryland JUCO Conference volleyball match at the HCC athletic complex.

"I think that I played pretty well," McCann said. "I have improved 100 percent in my hitting and in my blocking since last year. I have worked a lot on my techniques during the summer. All of that extra hard work has paid off."

It was the 10th win in a row for Hagerstown (13-3 overall, 2-0 Maryland JuCo).

McCann believes that the team has been coming along very well.

"I feel that we have played more as a team recently than we had earlier in the season," McCann added. "There has definitely been a good bit of improvement since the beginning of the season. Our team has been more upbeat. I think that we have a lot of talent and we are going to have a really good season. I think that we have the potential to go to nationals."

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McCann had some help at the net from some of her teammates. The Hawks finished with a team hitting percentage of .453. Rachel Bachtell came through with 13 kills in 17 attempts for a .705 hitting percentage, Casey Nogle added a .428 hitting percentage and Lindsey Miller had a .384 hitting percentage with five kills and three blocks.

Bachtell added 10 service points, while Renee Baker had 12 service points and six digs. Kelli Martin contributed 26 assists, while Jennifer Mentzer had seven service points.

Hagerstown coach Marlys Palmer was pleased with her team's performance against Allegany (2-1, 0-1).

"The thing that I like about my players the most is that they are trying to do everything that the coaching staff is asking of them," Palmer said. "Their work ethic is good. We are doing well in all phases of the game. The only thing that needs to be improved is a little bit more talking on the court. We need to be more aggressive vocally."

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