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Boonsboro outlasts South in state volleyball

November 07, 2000

Boonsboro outlasts South in state volleyball



By DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer


BOONSBORO - Boonsboro volleyball coach Kris McGee admits that when her Warriors play South Hagerstown, the match is "good to watch. Nerve-wracking as a coach, but great if you're a fan."

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For the third time this season, the Warriors turned the Rebels into spectators for a victory party, winning 9-15, 15-11, 15-11, 7-15, 15-13 in a 2-hour, 34-minute marathon in the Maryland Class 1A South quarterfinals.

"We're matched pretty well skillwise, we're matched in scrappiness," McGee said. "(South has) got a lot of heart, and when nothing gives, we went into a mental zone. And then things would flip-flop."

The two teams had already played two lengthy matches this season, including a five-game victory for the Warriors (8-7) on Sept. 21, when they rallied from a 2-0 deficit.

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"We're both wanting it a lot and we're pretty evenly matched physically," said Boonsboro middle hitter Jenn Frey, who finished with 18 kills and eight blocks. "It just comes down to who wants it the most."

This time, it came down to who could get the most free points. Boonsboro's service game put the Rebels (4-10) on their heels at all the key moments, especially after South took an 8-4 lead in Game 5. Kelly Baldwin erased the lead with a five-point run, sandwiched by a pair of aces. She pulled off similar runs in games 2 and 3, giving the Warriors big leads that they kept.

That final run, however, was a crusher. It erased most of the work done by Allison Wine, who had three kills and two points already in that game. She finished with 24 kills and five blocks.

"I was really excited at that point, definitely hoping we'd get the edge," South coach Melissa Redding said. "But we have a tendency to play in waves. We'll play well, and then we'll back off when we get ahead."

The final game tied three times before Boonsboro got to match point on three straight errors by the Rebels. The Warriors then wasted three match points - and gave the Rebels two more points - to make it 14-13. But a kill by Katie Ambrose got a sideout, and Mandy Binder ended it with an ace.

Binder had 18 assists and 17 kills, while Leah Easterday added 25 assists and 13 points for Boonsboro. For South, Cara Crouse had 52 assists and 17 points and Carrie Shank added 14 kills.

The win guarantees third-seeded Boonsboro a .500 record for the first time since the mid-'90s heading into Wednesday's semifinals at second-seeded Williamsport.

"In the past, with the open draw, you'd get in and you're riding it just because everyone gets in. It's tough to have that confidence when you're 4-and-whatever." McGee said. "Now we have that, we can say, 'Hey, we're third behind Smithsburg and Williamsport.' We know we're playing good volleyball."

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