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Smithsburg rallies to down W'Port

October 03, 2000|By CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

Smithsburg rallies to down W'Port



SMITHSBURG - Don't ask Jim Klein what happened turned his Smithsburg volleyball team around. He's just not sure.

After dropping the first two games against Williamsport Monday night, Klein's top-ranked Smithsburg rallied for a 13-15, 13-15, 15-1, 15-11, 15-12 victory over the No. 3 Wildcats before a boisterous crowd in a non-league contest.

"Somewhere between games 2 and 3 something happened," said Klein. "I own no credit or responsibility because I have no idea what it was."

Whatever it was kept the Leopards undefeated, and provided the first blemish on Williamsport's record after seven wins.

While the easy third game win turned the tide, Smithsburg (8-0) still needed to fend off the tenacious Wildcats to claim the win. Williamsport rolled to an early 12-6 lead in game 5, but the Leopards reeled off nine unanswered points to secure the win behind Heather Ashley's four kills.

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"We just got perfect passes (late in game 5), and that allowed us to use all of our options," said Ashley. "They just happened to come to me. It wasn't planned that way."

Smithsburg substituted liberally and appeared less fatigued in the final game.

"They were still coming at us strong in game 5. We just weren't aggressive,'' Williamsport coach Kristi Gee said. "What we were doing at the start of the match we stopped doing at the end."

Williamsport was successful in the first two games blocking Smithsburg's powerful attack, with Danielle Munson and Katie Spoonire doing most of the damage. In game 3, Smithsburg went more to it's outside hitters, avoiding the congestion in the middle of the Wildcats' defense.

After rolling to a 5-1 lead in the first game, Smithsburg responded with a 9-3 run behind the hitting of Michelle Feiser. Williamsport scored five unanswered points for a 13-10 advantage only to watch Ashley fire three straight service points for a 13-13 tie. Spoonire, however, closed it out with two straight points.

Game 2 was tied five times before four Feiser service points gave the Leopards a 12-8 lead. But the Wildcats roared back with a 7-1 run with Chelsea Jolliffe serving the final four points for a the lead.

Smithsburg took control of Game 4 early before Williamsport responded with an 8-2 run to tie things at 10-10, but three straight Katy Powell service points put it away

"We knew if we wanted to win, we had to want it more than they did," said Ashley. "We just picked ourselves up and got it done."

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