Volleyball notes - Stats not everything for Eagles

September 20, 2000

Volleyball notes - Stats not everything for Eagles

Hedgesville is off to an 11-1 start, but finding the numbers on how they got there is one difficult chore.

Coach Susan Davis doesn't have a constant statistician, so getting the specifics on another Eagles victory is a little tougher than normal.

So know this: middle hitters Ashley Copenhaver and Nancy Regalbuto will make headlines, while senior Kerri Spies does plenty of behind the scenes work.

"She's the senior out there," Davis said. "She was with this group two years ago when they made that run (to the state semifinals). She saw how the leaders on that team worked and gets these kids to get things done."


The motto for the team this year is "I will so we can" - a saying Spies has taken to heart most of all.

"She goes about her business and it helps these kids a lot," said Davis, whose team starts three sophomores. "She's not hitting as well as last year either, but she's been willing to forget about and do the other things. And that's helped a lot."

* Get me Elmer's

Frederick's 0-5 start could be the area's most deceiving. The Cadets have only been swept once and have scored in double digits in 10 of the 15 games they have lost. Tuesday's five-set thriller against 1999 CMC runner-up Liberty was simply another case of close-but-not-quite.

The not quite may be more than enough soon, though, with the addition of Chelsea Reidy. The junior setter just returned to school following a trip to her native Guam and played for the first time against the Lions, finishing with 17 assists.

"She could be the glue that keeps us together, and she did that (Tuesday)," Frederick coach Brendan Hedges said. "She came to practice, came right out there today and boom."

The Cadets play at South Carroll tonight before closing the first half of the league schedule with city rival Thomas Johnson.

"I wanna win, they wanna win. That first one is just getting elsuive for us," Hedges said. "But once we get it, I think we could really get on a roll because of it."

* Hitting the road (and air)

It's the long and short of things for the Mid Penn Commonwealth in tournament action this weekend:

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Waynesboro hosts its annual MAGIC Tournament Saturday. McConnellsburg and the Maidens share the same bracket as defending Pa. Class AAA state champion Susquehannock, while South Hagerstown is in the other bracket with Pa. Class AA champion Delone Catholic. The Rebels start at 9 a.m., the Maidens at 10 and the Spartans at 11. Semifinal action is tentatively scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Chambersburg, meanwhile, gets the longest roadtrip of the year, heading to Las Vegas for the 16-team Durango High School Invitational Friday and Saturday. It's one of the bigger tournaments in the West - the field includes four teams in the national Top 25 poll, and two of those, plus a third not in the first poll, are currently ranked in the national Top 25.

The Trojans are one of two teams from east of the Mississippi River in the field; the other is Tampa Berkeley Prep, which has won 11 Florida state titles.

* Well, yeah ...

"I don't know ... they're girls."

- Martinsburg coach Deb LeMaster, in an attempt to explain her team's mental block during a three-game loss to Hedgesville Tuesday night.

This week's notebook was compiled by staff writer Dan Spears.

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