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'Cats go from mild to Wild to claim win

November 09, 2000

'Cats go from mild to Wild to claim win



By DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer


WILLIAMSPORT - The Williamsport volleyball team came out swinging Wednesday night in the Class 1A Souths semifinals against Boonsboro. It watched helplessly as the Warriors counterpunched them into submission - for awhile.

"I told them, the passing was there, the hitting was there. It was the defense what was killing us," Williamsport coach Kristi Gee said. "People looking at each other, not being aggressive, and the ball would drop. And after yelling at them sufficiently, we picked it up."

The Wildcats finally beat Boonsboro at its own game, using their own assortment of tips and rips to all the holes to put away the Warriors 15-12, 15-4, 15-4 and set up their showdown with top-seeded Smithsburg in the region final this weekend.

"We talk about taking it one game at a time, but I'm sure in the back of their minds, I know that game is there," Gee said.

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It wasn't only there, it was front and center.

"I wanted to play like I was going to play Friday or Saturday," said Williamsport sophomore Meggie Miller, who finished with 12 kills, 12 points and five aces. "I just wanted to do everything I wanted to try and do then."

For most the first game, the third-seeded Warriors (8-8) were the ones thinking ahead. They tipped over the Williamsport block and made several spectacular saves that turned into free points.

But only trailing 12-11, the second-seeded Wildcats (15-1) settled down at the end of Game 1 with a four-point run to win it, then showed off their own defense and accuracy, racing to 10-2 and 13-1 leads in the final two games.

For Williamsport, Danielle Munson had 15 kills and three blocks. Leah Easterday finished with 17 assists and seven kills and Mandy Binder had eight assists and eight kills for Boonsboro.

"We weren't even getting the free balls. It wasn't just the tip that was working for them. Everything they hit short worked," Boonsboro coach Kris McGee said. "The girls were thinking, 'Attack, attack, attack.' ... It's like breathing; you have to go up, you have to go back. You can never sit tight."

Yet that's exactly what everyone's prepared to do for this weekend's region final after Smithsburg and Williamsport split two regular-season marathons.

"Every year, there's so much hype. You think about it ahead of time," Gee said. "The first two went five, I don't expect anything less this time."

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