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Volleyball - Panthers cruise early, roll past Blazers

September 20, 2002|by JACK HILL III

HANCOCK - After easily winning the first two games, the Hancock Panthers struggled in the third and fourth games against the Clear Spring Blazers.

But the Panthers were able to come away with a victory in the fourth game to defeat the Blazers 15-5, 15-6, 11-15, 15-11 on Thursday night in a high school volleyball match.

"In the first two games, we played pretty good," Hancock coach Debbie Bowman said. "After that, we started to lose it for a while. But then we got it back together again at the end of the fourth game.

"If we keep our heads together and get court smart, I think this could be the best volleyball team that this school has ever seen. This team has a little bit of everything."

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Hancock (5-1) won its fourth straight match and is trying to top the school record of 10-4, set by the 1998 Panthers team.

Jodi Keefer had 17 assists and 16 service points, while Heather Klinefelter had 11 service points and seven kills for Hancock.

Carrie Beaver had 19 kills, while Kristine Mellott added 10 service points and four kills, Danielle Bowman had seven assists and Candace Golden had five kills.

"Haley Barnard played a good defensive match and she had the winning point for us in the final game," Bowman said. "Haley Barnard and Jodi Keefer always play good all-around games. This was definitely the best we have looked on defense so far this season. We were getting digs and scrapping. This was probably the first time that I have seen them hit the floor as a team all year."

Jill Shupp had 15 assists and 13 service points, while Amanda Lady had 12 digs and six kills for Clear Spring (0-3).

Brooke Pohl had nine service points, while Brittany Gruber and Lexi Shingleton added six kills each for the Blazers.

"Hancock came to play," Clear Spring coach Robin Kriner said. "They played us very tough and aggressively. We haven't prepared well enough in practice.

"We did work hard in games three and four and we turned it around. We showed a lot of heart and determination. Hancock played up to their record. They were very deserving of the win."

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