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No. 2 Smithsburg gears for volleyball playoffs

October 26, 2000

No. 2 Smithsburg gears for volleyball playoffs



By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent


CLEAR SPRING - Smithsburg junior outside hitter Michelle Feiser has been consistently producing good statistics in several departments all season long.

Feiser ranks among the Tri-State area leaders in service points, aces, kills and assists.

Feiser displayed her all-around ability again on Thursday night as she finished with a 14-for-16 serving performance, 14 service points, seven assists, four kills, three blocks and two aces helping the Smithsburg Leopards sweep the Clear Spring Blazers 15-4, 15-3 and 15-3 in a Washington County volleyball match.

Feiser said she believes that all of the players have performed well in their various roles to help Smithsburg finish the regular season with a 13-1 record.

"Overall, we did really well in the regular season," Feiser said. "We played really well as a team. We started the season off really well. We have worked really hard in practice to improve. We do have a lot of talented players and good athletes. We are going to continue to work hard in practice to prepare for the playoffs."

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Heather Ashley had 11 kills, six blocks, five digs and was 9-for-9 in serving for the Leopards. Lacy Hornbecker went 13-for-15 from the service line with 11 service points and six aces, while Jenelle Stouffer had a perfect 12-for-12 performance from the service line for Smithsburg.

Sophomore Katy Powell added five kills and four digs, Lauren Richards had four blocks and three kills and Melanie Whitt made five blocks for the Leopards.

"As far as the regular season goes, we have had a lot of injuries," Smithsburg coach Jim Klein said. "So, we have switched the lineup around quite a few times. I am hoping that B.J. Greenwood is back in time for the playoffs. She is our top server and she has a sprained ankle."

Sarah Barr had three digs and two kills, while Ariann Rowe added three kills for Clear Spring (2-10).

"We hustled very well tonight and we played our hardest right to the very end," Clear Spring coach Robin Kriner said. "Our players never gave up. Jamie Poffenberger really sparked our defense at times."

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