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Eagles close door on Martinsburg

September 20, 2000

Eagles close door on Martinsburg



By DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The No. 7 Hedgesville volleyball team held a little block party Tuesday night at Martinsburg Field House.

Despite a 15-8, 15-6, 15-11 victory for the Eagles in the Apple Valley League, no one particularly had a good time.

"We beat them, but we weren't really at our best tonight," said middle hitter Ashley Copenhaver, who finished with 15 kills and four blocks for the Eagles. "We weren't covering, doing stuff we don't normally do."

The only thing normal for Hedgesville was the win, its 11th straight. Outside of a nice ending to Game 2, though, head coach Susan Davis knew things have been better.

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"We've talked about it, how if you leave the door open, someone will close it on you," Davis said. "We've got to be the one closing the door."

The Eagles (11-1, 3-0 Apple Valley League) were catching a draft in Game 3, as 6-1 and 8-4 deficits cooled what little momentum they had from the first two games, which had little flow at all.

"We'll get up when we're losing," Copenhaver said. "Outside of that, we weren't there tonight."

Hedgesville started its rally by using its height advantage at the net. Lyndsey Leatherman, Kerri Spies and Copenhaver all had block kills in a stretch that let the Eagles tie things at 11-11 before setter Nancy Regalbuto contributed to the offense with a kill for an 12-11 lead that sent the Eagles on their way.

In games 1 and 2, the Bulldogs (4-4, 3-1) showed virtually no signs of life, having trouble with the simplest of passes and even more trouble with the difficult things. Martinsburg had 12 kills and 11 hitting errors in that span, and fell right back into that pattern after starting strong in Game 3.

"We were totally off tonight. We weren't even playing the defense I was telling them," Martinsburg coach Debbie LeMaster said. "I'm upset. To play the way we played against Musselman (on Thursday) and then this ... It's a complete 180."

Nancy Regalbuto had eight kills and five blocks and Tracey Regalbuto finished with 28 assists for the Eagles.

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