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Hawks stumble at home

September 28, 2000

Hawks stumble at home



By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent


It was a match that Hagerstown Community College volleyball coach Marlys Palmer would like to forget.

HCC made 21 passing errors, 17 spiking errors and nine blocking errors. It finished with 12 service errors, six in the fourth game.

In the end, those little errors turned into one big one Wednesday night, as the College of Southern Maryland, formerly Charles Community College, won 15-5, 15-7, 11-15, 16-14 in the Maryland JuCo Conference.

Prior to the battle of the Hawks, Hagerstown (20-5, 3-1) was ranked 10th in the country in the latest NJCAA Division II poll and Southern Maryland (6-1, 3-1) was 13th.

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That may change after this.

"Obviously, we weren't ready to play," Palmer said. "We were outexecuted in every phase of the game. At least we were able to regroup enough to play aggressively for the last two games. We need to work on basic fundamentals."

Palmer said that Southern Maryland did all of the necessary things to earn the victory.

"I was impressed with the defense and the passing of Southern Maryland," Palmer added. "They outplayed us. Southern Maryland just executed the fundamentals so much better than what we did. There is still more season to play. So, we have time to work on it."

Setter Laura Fowler finished with 18 service points and Jessica Coleman added 16 service points for Southern Maryland.

"Being aggressive on offense was the key to our victory," Southern Maryland coach Michelle Ruble said. "Hagerstown played excellent defense and, in order to combat that, we had to play outstanding offense. We made some fantastic adjustments. The weakest part of our game is at the net. We have still got to make some improvements at the net."

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