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Hubs chop down Rebels in five

October 17, 2002|by JACK HILL III

North Hagerstown's 6-foot-1 senior middle hitter, Sarah Long, has the nickname "Big Timber."

Long played big at the net on Wednesday night, scoring 11 kills and nine blocks as the No. 10 Hubs won a marathon match over the South Hagerstown Rebels 12-15, 15-10, 11-15, 15-11, 15-12 in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League on Senior Night at South.

"I was very pumped up coming into the gym," Long said. "It is my senior year and I wanted to go out with a big win over South. You don't lay down when it comes to winning. It really helps me when I have my team behind me that believes in me."

Sarah Staley had 30 assists, while Kristina Nash had 16 service points and 14 kills for North (7-3, 4-2). Sophomore Katie Plume had 15 service points, Ashley Saylor had 13 service points, Ashley Haywood had 10 service points and Chrissy Ennis had nine service points for the Hubs.

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The Rebels had a 12-9 lead in the fifth game before the Hubs closed the match with a 6-0 run. Saylor, Plume and Nash got two service points apiece, while Long added a pair of kills to seal the match for the Hubs.

"It was a great match to be a part of, even though it wasn't a great performance," North coach Marc Cree said. "But the important thing is that we kept playing hard and that is what I am proud of. Sarah Long, Kristina Nash and Ashley Saylor did a fine job at the net."

Sophomore Jamie Fowler had 20 assists, 13 service points and eight kills, while Lindsay Dattilio had 15 service points for South (4-8, 3-5). Angie Dieterich had 14 assists, 14 kills and 12 service points, Kelly Renner added 10 service points and eight kills, while Brittany Beard had nine service points and six kills for the Rebels.

"I think that we played our hearts out," South coach Melissa McElroy said. "We did a lot of things that we didn't do in the past. It has really made a big improvement."

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