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Hubs take momentum, win

October 19, 2000

Hubs take momentum, win



By CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent


Sometimes swings in momentum are subtle.

Other times, as was the case in Wednesday night's North Hagerstown-South Hagerstown volleyball match, the pendulum actually seems visible.

With come-from-behind victories being the order of the day, the Hubs managed to stave off a late Rebels rally in the fourth game to lay claim to the mythical city title with a 15-5, 16-14, 13-15, 15-8 Monocacy Valley Athletic League win.

After watching North roll to a relatively easy win the first game, the Rebels reeled off 10 of the first 12 points in Game 2, and appeared poised to even up the match at 1-1.

But the Hubs refused to fold, chipping away at the deficit to pull within three at 12-9. A pair of service points by Allison Wine made it 14-9, before Katie Stamper and Harmony Wilson combined for five kills as Lauren Anderson served the final seven points for a 2-0 North lead.

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"We have a tendency to get down," said South coach Melissa Redding. "And when we do, we have trouble getting back up. If we start up, we can stay up, we're just not good at working ourselves out of a hole."

That certainly didn't hold true in the third game, as North (6-4, 3-3) established control for a 12-4 lead, only to watch South storm back behind nine straight Ashley Reeder service points - including a pair of aces - to take a 14-13 advantage. Carrie Shank finished it off for the Rebels.

"We couldn't service receive, and our passes became inconsistent," said Hubs coach Jamie Pryor. "We got into a little passing funk."

"We probably got a little too confident," said North setter Nicole Morgan, who finished with 44 assists. "I think we just started having too much fun, and then it hit us."

Pryor remained confident in the fourth game, as her club rolled to a quick 14-2 lead. Then the worry began. North failed on its next seven service opportunities, as South (4-8, 3-4) gradually pulled to within striking distance behind three Jill Watson service points before an Anderson kill clinched it for the Hubs.

"I wasn't real concerned until we got to 14 (points) and rotated about 10 times before we could get the final point," said Pryor.

Anderson's 14 kills and 10 digs paced the Hubs, with Stamper adding 12 kills. Wine sparked South with 10 kills and eight blocks, with Cara Crouse contributing 19 assists and four blocks.

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