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Eagles hatch volleyball rally to calm Storm

October 05, 2000

Eagles hatch volleyball rally to calm Storm



By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent


HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - The Hedgesville volleyball team might be young, but it's good.

The Eagles have compiled an 18-1 record with a starting lineup consisting of one senior, two juniors and three sophomores.

Hedgesville's youth came off looking like veterans on Wednesday night when it came back from two games down to hold off the Mercersburg Academy Blue Storm, 11-15, 13-15, 15-10, 15-6, 15-10.

"The girls decided that it was time to play," Hedgesville coach Susan Davis said. "It was kind of a wake-up call. I like the fight that these kids have; they don't quit. Our serving was much better and much more consistent during the last three games."

The fifth game of the match was played under the rally system and Mercersburg Academy (5-3) started off with a 3-0 lead. But then the Eagles outscored the Blue Storm 15-7 for the rest of the game to win the match. Senior Kerri Spies served four straight points to give Hedgesville a 8-5 lead it wouldn't relinquish.

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"At this point, I am pleased with the development of our young players," Davis said. "I have three sophomores that start. There are still some things that we have to work on physically and mentally. But we are coming along."

Davis was pleased with the way Hedgesville found the right formula to pull off the come-from-behind victory.

"Mercersburg Academy put up some good blocks and we haven't seen too many of those," Davis said. "We didn't talk too well and we didn't play together as a team at all during the first two games."

Tracey Regalbuto tallied 18 service points and Keri Jackson added 14 service points for Hedgesville. Jennifer Merica got 12 service points and Spies had 11 service points for the Eagles.

June Marquiss collected 17 service points, seven kills and six blocks for Mercersburg Academy. Shelane Jorgenson tallied 16 service points and Lauren McCartney contributed 10 assists for the Blue Devils. Sarah Nusairat registered nine kills, Anna Petry added seven kills and Alison Cornelius had seven assists for Mercersburg Academy.

"I was very proud with how we played throughout the entire match," Mercersburg Academy coach Beth Pethel said. "The players are a little bit disappointed that they came up a little bit short in the final game. That was some good volleyball tonight. Hedgesville has a good team this year. They work their transition game very well."

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