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Smithsburg sweeps South-volleyball

September 10, 2002|by JACK HILL III

The Smithsburg Leopards' volleyball team continued its good start under new head coach Alexa Robertson by sweeping host South Hagerstown Rebels 15-3, 15-2, 15-3 on Monday night.

"We started out strong," Robertson said. "I just hope that we continue to improve and keep our winning going. We have a very high potential to have a great season. Our girls go out there and have fun and that is what winning is all about. We played hard and we never let up."

0Robertson took over after Jim Klein resigned. Klein concluded his career at Smithsburg on a high note with three state championships in the last four years, which included back-to-back state titles in the previous two years.

The only time that South (0-2) gave a serious threat to Smithsburg (2-0) was during the third game. Senior Jenna Warrenfeltz started all three games for Smithsburg with five straight service points to help the Leopards leap out to a 5-0 lead in each game. But Angie Dieterich got three points in a row during the third game to help South narrow the gap.

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Junior Laura Lindsay then grabbed the spotlight by coming through with 10 straight service points as the Leopards to seal the match.

"I usually don't serve, but it was awesome that I got to finish out the match," Lindsay said. "I was really excited to get 10 in a row. I was picking out the weakest passers. I was really pumped up.

"We're going to do well this year. We have really bonded as a team and we play good together as a team. We hope to go to the states. We have really improved since the first day of practice. Every person is a key player on the team."

Lindsay ended up with 13 service points and five kills. Warrenfeltz chalked up 16 service points and eight aces, while senior Katy Powell added seven straight service points during the first game and five kills for Smithsburg. Senior Katie Franklin contributed 12 assists for the Leopards.

"We definitely did not come out and play like the South High team that I know," South coach Melissa McElroy said. "Our passing hurt us the most tonight. We couldn't get our passing game going at all; so that means that we couldn't have a play. Smithsburg played a good match. I was impressed with their serving and their consistent passing."

JV: South, 15-3, 16-14.

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