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Wildcats throw MVAL party

October 19, 2000

Wildcats throw MVAL party



By DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer


UNION BRIDGE, Md. - Throwing a block party in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League takes a little bit of work, considering it's 50 miles between the league's two furthest outposts: Williamsport and Francis Scott Key.

Wednesday night, the No. 3 Wildcats picked the right time to get into party mode against the Eagles.

Middle hitters Danielle Munson and Katie Spoonire combined for 30 blocks - 11 of them for kills - as Williamsport strengthened its hold on the MVAL lead with a 15-9, 15-8, 5-15, 17-15 victory.

"Our net play with the blocks shut them down. Danielle and Katie did a real good job shutting down their middle," Williamsport coach Kristi Gee said. "It gave us a few more options on our hitters."

After dominating games 1 and 2, the Wildcats (9-1, 5-0) chose all the bad options in Game 3. They had 10 hitting errors in that game as the Eagles (10-2, 5-2) pounced on every mistake to cruise to the win and give them momentum.

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"Coach told us we had to get our heads back in the game," Williamsport setter Kristine Porac said. "She said that we had to want it more than they did. And that's what we did."

Just barely.

FSK led early by two and Williamsport's biggest lead in Game 4 was four points as both teams found their rhythm. The Eagles fought off three match points on spikes by Adria Stonesifer, but Munson ended the game just like she started it - with a block-kill on FSK hitter Sam Stambaugh.

"When Sam was at the net, we didn't move her around," FSK coach Alice Rau said. "We stuck it right on top of her, stayed right there. And that's when you get blocked."

Munson won the power battle with the 6-foot Stambaugh, finishing with a match-high 22 kills and 13 blocks to offset Stambaugh's 16 kills and five blocks. Spoonire did her part on Stonesifer as well, finishing with 17 blocks and 10 kills.

The win puts the Wildcats in position to send out invitations to the MVAL victory celebration with matches against Catoctin, South Hagerstown and Boonsboro left. It also avenged the team's only defeat last year - a four-game loss to the Eagles in Williamsport.

"Last year, they got a win on us at home," Porac said. "We were determined to do the same thing."

Even though they showed up at the party fashionably late.

"Mentally, this is our first game since Smithsburg, and we didn't have that intensity starting out. I was worried ... we weren't as enthusiastic as we needed to be to come out and win," Gee said. "They saw they were going to have to step it up in the first few points and they did. I think that made the difference."

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