Spartans' playoff run comes to abrupt end

November 01, 2000

Spartans' playoff run comes to abrupt end

By BOB PARASILITI / Staff Writer

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - The McConnellsburg volleyball team was forced to try Plan B on Tuesday.

The Spartans were used to winning - and winning in two games - for much of the season to earn a second seed in the Pennsylvania Class A Region 5 playoffs. But McConnellsburg lost the opener.

"We have to go and get to a third game or the season was over," coach Greg Hays said.

The Spartans failed to respond ... and the season is over. Shanksville-Stonycreek didn't live to its name, hitting straight and true in pressure situations to take the match away from McConnellsburg 15-10, 16-14, eliminating the Spartans from the playoffs.

"They took the game to us," Hays said. "We were No. 2 seed and they were the No. 7, but we played tentative and scared. Championships are won by playing defense, but it's tough to make it work when you are playing more defense than offense."


The games see-sawed, with three lead changes and three ties in the first game and another five lead changes and six ties in the decisive second game. In both games, McConnellsburg was on the threshold of winning the game, but failed to follow through.

"What we worked hard for and gained, we gave it back to them too easily," Hays said.

Shanksville came back from a 9-5 deficit in the first game on a six point service run by Marcy Hutzman to take a two-point lead. Erica Culler served an ace to get McConnellsburg back at a 12-12 tie.

Shanksville served out for the win.

In the second game, the Spartans fell behind 11-7 before riding a seven-point run - including a pair of aces - by Elaina Paruch to take a 14-11 lead.

The Vikings quickly turned the tables to regain a 14-14 tie.

"I think that is what took the wind out of them," Shanksville coach Terry Coslic said. "They make a big run and we come right back and tie."

After five consecutive sideouts, Maegan Blesterlits served the last to points - the final on a McConnellsburg kill into the net - to advance.

Niki Chesnut led McConnellsburg with 19 assists while Erica Culler had 11 kills.

Hedgesville 3, Keyser 0

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Tracey Regalbuto had 29 assists and 13 service points as Hedgesville swept Keyser 15-10, 15-3, 15-6 in the Class AAA Region II Section 1 semifinals.

Ashley Copenhaver had 10 kills for Hedgesville (27-4). Nancy Regalbuto had eight kills, while Keri Jackson and Kerri Spies each had seven.

Hedgesville will play host to the Martinsburg-Hampshire winner in the section final on Thursday.

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