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Smithsburg starts quest to keep crown

October 25, 2002|by JACK HILL III

CLEAR SPRING - For the Smithsburg Leopards, it's another winning streak to finish another winning season.

The Leopards won their fourth straight match and did it by sweeping the Clear Spring Blazers 15-5, 15-3 and 15-5 on Thursday night in a Washington County high school volleyball match.

Thursday night's win gave the Leopards a 12-1 overall record.

Smithsburg played its last MVAL match earlier this week and finished with an 8-1 league record, second only to Williamsport's 9-0 league record.

Smithsburg senior setter Katie Franklin led the way with 17 assists to set up the Leopards' hitting attack.

"The girls help me out by letting me know where they want the ball to be," Franklin said. "I just try my best to put it in certain spots.

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"I think that our hitting attack has been good overall. Katy Powell has been doing a good job of getting the ball down. Brittany Meadows, Laura Lindsay and Heather Bywaters have been practicing really hard and that has helped them to improve."

Powell scored nine consecutive service points to finish the second game in a 15-3 win.Powell finished with 15 service points and 10 kills.

"When I was in the back row at that time, we stepped up and we passed the ball well," Powell said. "I just tried to put my serve in spots. I was serving to different people."

Senior Jenna Warrenfeltz and Annie Brucksch got seven service points each for Smithsburg. Laura Lindsay got four kills and Heather Bywaters added three kills for the Leopards.

"I think that the girls have done a great job throughout the season playing together as a team and not as individuals," Smithsburg coach Alexa Robertson said. "I think that we know what we need to do to repeat last year's state title. That is what we are working towards in practice. I'm proud of the way that we have been playing and I am expecting good things for the next couple of weeks."

Jamie Poffenberger had five kills and five digs, Jessica Semler added six assists and Brooke Pohl had two aces for the Blazers (2-10).

"Our girls played very aggressively and with a lot of heart," Clear Spring coach Robin Kriner said. "Coming into the end of the season, we are hoping to carry the intensity and the good play into the playoffs."

Smithsburg also swept the JV match 15-7 and 15-1.

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