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No. 2 Williamsport goes four games to beat North-volleyball

September 24, 2002|by JACK HILL III

It was like the unstoppable force meeting the immovable object Monday night when North Hagerstown hosted No. 2 Williamsport in a Washington County volleyball match.

In the end, Williamsport scored a 14-16, 15-12, 15-5, 15-4 victory in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League match.

Williamsport (6-0, 4-0) extended its season-opening winning streak to six matches.

North (3-3, 0-2) had its winning streak snapped at three matches. One bright spot for the Hubs is that all three of their losses came to the two teams that played in the Maryland Class 1A state championship match last year. One loss came to defending state champion Smithsburg, while the other two losses have come to the runner-up Williamsport.

Wildcats' senior Meggie Miller finished with game-high totals of 16 service points and seven aces. Miller also added seven kills.

"We did a really good job," Miller said. "After a couple of games, it started meshing. I look at my coaches when I serve. They let me know whether to hit it light or hard. It helps me when my teammates are there helping me out with the defense. We work really well together. We have definitely been making progress in practice."

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Denise Sullivan had 40 assists and 11 service points, Kristen Weir had 15 digs, 13 service points and 12 kills, Lindsey Plotner made 15 kills and Jamie Pritchett had 10 service points for the Wildcats.

Williamsport had a narrow 7-5 lead in the third game when Miller started to go to work. Miller got six straight service points to enable the Wildcats to expand their lead to 13-5. Sullivan then got the final two points for the Wildcats.

Miller contibuted more during the fourth game by snapping a 1-1 tie with 10 consecutive service points to help Williamsport build an 11-1 lead. Shortly thereafter, the Wildcats sealed the match on a game-ending stuffed block by Sullivan.

"We're always happy to come away with a win," Williamsport coach Kristi Gee said. "The girls started playing more aggressively and we were able to run our offense more once we were able to pass the ball. I thought that Lindsey Plotner and Kristen Weir did a good job for us in the middle tonight."

Sarah Staley hadd 22 assists and nine service points, Chrissy Ennis made seven blocks, Ashley Saylor had nine kills and Kristina Nash added eight kills for the Hubs.

"I was pleased because the girls played hard," North coach Marc Cree said. "They showed a lot of energy. I thought the opening game was great. I thought we executed well. We played good team defense."

JV: Williamsport, 12-15, 15-5, 15-10.

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