Hubs stay hot, sweep Blazers

October 04, 2002|by JACK HILL III

Now that the toughest part of its schedule is out of the way, North Hagerstown's volleyball team is kicking into fourth gear.

The Hubs Senior Night with their fourth straight win on Thursday, sweeping the Clear Spring Blazers 15-1, 15-0, 15-13 to improve to 5-3 after early losses to No. 1 Williamsport (twice) and No. 2 Smithsburg.

"A 5-3 record isn't bad after losing three of the first four matches," North coach Marc Cree said. "I think our confidence was down a little bit after losing a couple of matches early. But we have put that behind us. We are starting to realize that the most important part of the season is still ahead of us."

North (5-3) trailed Clear Spring (1-5) 13-11 in Game 3. But senior Ashley Saylor served four consecutive points to win the game and the match for the Hubs.


Saylor got the final point on a service ace to seal the deal.

"I stayed focused and concentrated on getting my serve in," Saylor said. "I was happy that we played so well and did not give up in the last game. I think that we have made progress as a team since the beginning of the season. We have improved in many areas ... and we are really starting to jell as a team."

Saylor collected 15 service points and eight kills as one of three seniors to lead North. Ashley Haywood finished with 14 assists, Sarah Long had eight kills, seven service points and four blocks.

"I love each and every one of my players," Cree said. "They are good kids. ... For the most part, the seniors on this team set the pace. It is going to be hard to replace them next year."

Junior Amanda Lady finished with team-high totals of eight digs, six kills and six service points for Clear Spring. Brittany Gruber got four kills, Jill Shupp had six assists and Ashley Crist had five assists for the Blazers.

"We got off to a very slow start in Games 1 and 2," Clear Spring coach Robin Kriner said. "It took us too long to get ready to play. North played a great defensive game. Our passing game was on tonight, but we had difficulty putting the ball away."

Senior Chrissy Ennis reeled off seven straight service points in Game 1 to give North a 9-0 lead. Senior Ashley Worthington got a service ace on game point for the Hubs.

Junior Sarah Staley got service aces on the final two points of the second game for North. JV: North, 15-3, 15-12.

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