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Night of the Hawks

September 26, 2002|by JACK HILL III

It was Hawks vs. Hawks Wednesday night in Maryland JuCo Conference volleyball action at the Hagerstown Community College athletic complex.

In the end, the College of Southern Maryland soared higher, as its Hawks downed the HCC Hawks, 30-12, 27-30, 27-30, 30-18, 15-8.

Both Southern Maryland (6-4, 5-0) and Catonsville remain undefeated in conference play and are tied for first place in the conference. Hagerstown (9-6, 4-1) and Frederick follow them in the standings.

"Hagerstown is definitely going to be one of the strongest teams to beat in the Region XX Tournament like they are every single year," Southern Maryland coach Michelle Ruble said. "It will probably come down to these four teams: College of Southern Maryland, Catonsville, Hagerstown and Frederick."

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Karlee Adams had 15 service points, including four points in a row during the deciding fifth game to expand Southern Maryland's lead to 12-6. Lauren Cherry added 13 service points on the night, while Leigh Bell and Cheyann Gilroy had 10 service points each for Southern Maryland.

"We struggled all night," HCC coach Beth Domenico said. "We played two good games and that wasn't enough points. We struggled with passing and serve receiving. We had a couple of good rallies, but we were very inconsistent with our play throughout the entire match. We still have a month to prepare for the regionals and that is our main goal."

Chelsea Jolliffe had 36 assists, while Amanda Storms added 21 digs and 14 kills for HCC. Emily Beecher had 24 digs and seven kills, while Mandy Myers added 10 kills and Cary McGuire and Beecher had eight service points each for HCC.

"Both Leigh Bell and Karlee Adams did a great job for us at the net," Ruble said. "I think that we were aggressive at the net, which led to some blocks. Hagerstown is always tough. We were very surprised in the first game. We knew that Hagerstown was going to wake up and they did. I thought that our serving was tough. Our passing was solid, which led us to being a little bit stronger offensively. I was pleased with our offensive control."

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