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HCC steps up despite split

October 12, 2000

HCC steps up despite split



By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent


The Hagerstown Community College volleyball team got a taste of some good luck and some bad luck on Wednesday night at the HCC athletic complex in a pair of Maryland JuCo Conference volleyball matches.

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HCC first swept a match from Anne Arundel 15-6, 15-1, 15-3, then dropped a four-game marathon to Catonsville, 15-13, 11-15, 15-7, 15-10.

"In the six losses that we had coming into tonight, we had not fought until the end in any of them," HCC coach Marlys Palmer said.

"Tonight was a loss where everybody fought hard down to the very end. If there is such a thing as a good loss, then this was it because we played much better and we stood up to the challenge."

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The Catonsville players were constantly in the proper places around the net at the right times and that enabled the Cardinals (16-9, 8-0) to get some crucial kills and blocks. Lauren Buter, a 5-foot-11 sophomore hitter, collected several clutch kills during the third and fourth games for the Cardinals.

Catonsville co-coaches Chris Hartman and Charlene Diamond were pleased with their team's performance at the net.

"Basically, it is just a lot of hard work in practice," Hartman said. "We focus a lot on form and technique. That is what helps us a lot.

"We basically have a lot of sophomore leadership and that has been crucial to us all year. That has been the difference for us to be successful on a regular basis. All of the sophomores know what to expect and they help to get the freshmen organized."

Jade Whipp served up 11 consecutive service points for HCC (27-7, 7-2) during the third game of its match against Anne Arundel (3-9, 1-3).

Kelli Martin contributed 33 assists, 17 digs and nine service points, while Rachel Bachtell added 21 digs and eight kills for HCC. Erica McCann got 11 kills and four blocks, Renee Baker added eight digs and seven kills and Tara Russell had eight service points for HCC.

Casey Nogle had six kills, while Lindsey Miller added five kills and three blocks for HCC. Jennifer Mentzer, Nogle and Whipp had seven digs apiece for HCC.

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