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Leopards in swim to dunk Poolesville

November 09, 2000

Leopards in swim to dunk Poolesville



By CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent


SMITHSBURG - Michelle Feiser's expression was like a roller coaster, changing from serious to jubilant and back to serious within a span of about 15 minutes.

The junior hitter allowed herself little time to celebrate Smithsburg's 15-1, 15-7, 15-4 plundering of Poolesville Wednesday night in the Maryland Class 1A South semifinals.

With the win, the Leopards advance to the region final against Williamsport - for the third straight year - in their own gym. The date and time have not been confirmed.

Less than 15 minutes after the top-seeded Leopards' second straight resounding victory in tournament play, Feiser's game face was firmly affixed.

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"We're as ready as we can be," said Feiser, who finished with 12 assists, six kills, two blocks and seven service points. "We'll practice hard and we can always work on our communication."

Smithsburg (15-1) breezed through their last two matches in 82 minutes, and outscored the opposition 90-15 in sweeping both, which pleased Leopards coach Jim Klein.

"I was extremely satisfied with everything until a few points into the second game," said Klein. "It seemed like we became a little complacent, and gave up three points in a row. But we dug ourselves out of it. We moved really well in transition and in service receive."

After cruising to an easy Game 1 win behind Lacy Hornbecker's nine service points, the Leopards claimed a commanding 11-4 margin in the second game. Katie Kuhn served three straight points for the Indians (7-9) on two Leopards errors and a Jessye Shortall kill, but Poolesville returned the favor, committing three errors as B.J. Greenwood served the final four points.

"We just made too many errors," said Indians coach Fran DuVall. "We had plenty of opportunities to hit, we just didn't get it done."

Many of Poolesville's errors came at the service line, missing 12 chances to score against the stingy, more experienced Leopards.

"The big difference is they have 11 (off-season) club players, and we have zero," said DuVall. "But our serving didn't help. When we could get our serves in, we could score points."

The Indians stayed close in the final game, trailing 4-3 until a pair of Katy Powell aces opened the flood gates as Smithsburg reeled off 11 of the games next 12 points to cinch its berth in the final.

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