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HCC to vie for regional volleyball title

November 03, 2000

HCC to vie for regional volleyball title



By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent


While maybe not the favorite in the Region XX Volleyball Tournament, Hagerstown Community College coach Marlys Palmer has high hopes.

The tourney begins today at Catonsville Community College and concludes Sunday.

"We're not the No. 1 seed, so we're not the favorite team," Palmer said. "But if our team executes the fundamentals and stays mentally tough and confident, then we have a good chance. We just want to stay loose and relaxed this week. We want to practice our fundamentals. We want to go down there and have a good tournament."

HCC completed the regular season with a 34-7 overall record, 8-2 in the Maryland JuCo Conference.

Defending champ Catonsville is the top seed, while Hagerstown is the No. 2 seed. The rest of the tournament field in order of seeds is No. 3 Southern Maryland, No. 4 Frederick, No. 5 Cecil and No. 6 Allegany.

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"I thought that we kind of slumped a little bit in late September and in early October," Palmer said. "After that, we were able to regroup. We had a good Fall Classic in mid-October, where we beat Jamestown (NY) and Southern Maryland."

HCC gets a first-round bye in the double-elimination tournament. HCC then plays the winner between Southern Maryland and Allegany at 11:15 a.m. today.

Only two teams will survive today's action. One team will still be undefeated and the other team will have one loss.

The best-of-5 championship match will start Sunday at 11 a.m. If the undefeated team wins, it will clinch the title. If the team with one loss wins, then another best-of-5 championship match will be played at 2 p.m. to determine the champion.

"We don't have to do anything fancy in this tournament," Palmer said. "We feel that we can win this tournament, if we just execute basic fundamental volleyball. That includes blocking, hitting, serving, passing, defense and setting. I think that we have strengths in all of the phases of the game, especially in hitting and blocking. It would be nice to go to nationals in the new millenium."

During a 10-year period from 1989 through 1998, the Hawks won the region tournament nine times.

This year's tourney winner will advance to the nationals at Grand Rapids, Mich. on Nov. 13-15.

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