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Smithsburg girls enjoy life at the top

September 26, 2000

Smithsburg girls enjoy life at the top



By CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent


UNION BRIDGE, Md. - Any question about just how much the Smithsburg High School volleyball team enjoys the view from the top have been laid to rest.

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Facing its sternest test of the season, the Leopards - rated No. 1 in the Herald-Mail rankings - took no prisoners Monday night, sweeping previously undefeated Francis Scott Key 15-9, 15-8, 15-10 in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League match.

"I was extremely concerned about FSK,'' said Leopards coach Jim Klein. "We knew they were undefeated, and we knew we'd be facing more blocks than we have this season. In the first and second games we adjusted very well, but we got flat somewhere in the middle of game 3.''

After spotting Key a 2-0 lead in the first game, the Leopards came roaring back, with a 13-2 run behind five straight B.J. Greenwood service points, and a pair of Heather Ashley kills. The Eagles responded with a 5-1 rally, but a Michelle Feiser kill and service point secured the first game win for Smithsburg.

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Adria Stonesifer, one of FSK's big hitters twisted a knee in warm-ups, and spent the bulk of the first game on the bench.

According to Eagles coach Alice Rau, the limited playing time for Stonesifer didn't have that much of an affect on the outcome.

"The girl that came in for her didn't do anything wrong,'' said Rau. "We just didn't pass very well, and we didn't service receive very well. And if you can't set the ball it's tough to win games against good teams like Smithsburg. They found our weaknesses.''

The Eagles' best chance to avert the sweep came in the third game, when Smithsburg (6-0, 3-0 MVAL) watched a five-point advantage whittle down to 9-8.

But Lacy Hornbecker came off the bench to serve three straight points - including an ace on her first serve - to provide the Leopards with some breathing room.

"Lacy came off the bench and gave us four critical serves after we were stuck on nine for what seemed like a week and a half,'' said Klein.

FSK claimed an early 5-3 advantage in the second game, but Smithsburg rolled off six unanswered points - Feiser and Katy Powell combined for five service points and an ace apiece in the run - for a 9-5 advantage. Kills from Stonesifer and Ashley Cook, and a service ace by Carrie Ness closed the gap to 10-8 before Jolee Warrenfeltz and Powell served the final five points for Smithsburg.

"(We wanted this) more than anything, and I think we did really well,'' said Ashley, who finished with 10 kills and five blocks. "There are some areas we need to improve in, but there were also some areas where we did really well.''

Feiser and Lauren Richards finished with 11 kills each, with Jenelle Stouffer adding 19 assists, and Feiser 13.

Samantha Stambaugh paced FSK with 16 kills, while Ness chipped in 29 assists.

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