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Young Hawks looking for more wins

August 30, 2002|by JACK HILL III

With a winning season under her belt, Hagerstown Community College volleyball coach Beth Peterson Domenico is hoping for even more in her second season.

"We're very excited about this season," Domenico said. "We have a lot of girls that love volleyball.

"We have a very young team this year. We have a few sophomores back that have some experience. Our sophomores are going to have to step up and lead the team. But we also have freshmen that are playing a big role in leading the team."

HCC has three returning sophomores from last year's 16-15 squad. Melanie Whitt will be used as both a hitter and a setter, Lauren Resh is a hitter and a defensive specialist and Cary McGuire is going to be a defensive specialist. All three are from Smithsburg.

The freshmen class includes Chelsea Jolliffe (Williamsport), who will be used as a setter and a hitter. The middle hitters are Mandy Myers (Boonsboro), Sarah Lindsay (Smithsburg) and Amanda Storms. Other hitters include Harmony Wilson (North Hagerstown), Emily Beecher (Big Spring, Pa.) and Sarah Goggin (Broadfording). Michelle Moore (Broadfording) will be a back-row specialist.

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The Hawks open their season by hosting Pitt (N.C.), Catonsville, Rhode Island Community College and Frederick CC in the Hagerstown Invitational today and Saturday. HCC opens with Pitt today at 4 p.m. The tournament resumes at 9 a.m. Saturday, with the championship match around 3.

Domenico said that three-time defending Region XX Tournament champion Catonsville and College of Southern Maryland (formerly Charles) will be the Hawks' toughest opponents in the Maryland JuCo Conference.

"Defense will be a strength of ours," Domenico said. "We have a lot of girls that really play good defense. We have also got some strong hitters. Our weakness is blocking right now. We have a few people that can play several positions, so we will be rotating them. It is not just going to be six people that will play."

"I feel that our team is capable of contending for a championship," Domenico added. "The only thing that we need to do now is to have some team bonding on the court."

The Region XX Tournament will return to Hagerstown Nov. 2-3.

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