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Volleyball notes - Playoff schedule about to heat up

October 31, 2002|by DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

Playoffs are underway in Pennsylvania, while Maryland and West Virginia schools will follow suit in the next week.

A look at what's gone down so far and what's coming up.

Pennsylvania


McConnellsburg (No. 6 Herald-Mail poll) and Chambersburg (No. 8) are the only squads still alive.

The Spartans (20-1) avenged their only regular season loss by defeating Southern Fulton 10-15, 15-9, 15-8 in a District 5 Class A semifinal Tuesday.

"They're a county rival, league rival and district rival," Spartans coach Greg Hays said. "If you want to get to the district title, they're one of the teams you have to go through, and that's a credit to their program."

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McConnellsburg defeated Shade in the quarterfinals, 15-3, 15-6, earlier Tuesday evening. The Spartans will meet undefeated Berlin (21-0) in the final tonight at Chestnut Ridge in a rematch of last year's district final, which Berlin won.

"We played them last year in the final, and we scrimmaged them at beginning of this year and found out how good they are," Hays said. "I think they lost one senior from last year's group.

"We have to get them to move, and we have to get them to go and play our game as much as we can. They have a 6-foot-1 middle, and their other middle's 5-8 or 5-9. Getting around them is going to be a battle, but if we can get them to move and have to cover the entire court, the advantage could swing to us."

The Trojans (15-5) went 2-1 in District 3 Class AAA pool play Tuesday to sneak into the quarterfinals.

"We're still playing," Chambersburg coach Ty Frelin said. "That's all that matters this time of year. Not that we struggled, we just didn't play the way we're capable of playing. But we did what needed to do. ... It's a different day tomorrow. We're in the final eight, and hopefully we bring it to the court tomorrow."

Chambersburg will meet Exeter tonight at Hempfield in another rematch from last year. Exeter won in three games a year ago, but lost its all-state setter to graduation.

"I really feel if we play to our capabilities and play our match, we should do well," Frelin said.

West Virginia


Hedgesville (No. 4 Herald-Mail poll), Jefferson, Musselman and Martinsburg will all compete in the AAA, Region II, Section 1 tournament beginning Monday.

Jefferson and Martinsburg will meet at Hedgesville on Monday at 6 p.m. in the section's only quarterfinal, with the winner facing the top-seeded Eagles in a semifinal immediately after. Musselman hosts Hampshire Monday at 7 in the other semifinal. The winners play Wednesday.

Hedgesville (28-4) is the clear favorite, having defeated all the other teams in the section during the regular season to earn homecourt advantage.

"My kids have always risen to the ocassion," Eagles coach Susan Davis said. "The girls have always raised their game when they needed to. I don't want to sound too confident, because you never know what could happen, and we're certainly not looking past anyone."

Maryland


First-round action begins Friday, with the only games of area interest being the 2A West battle with Walkersville at Hammond and the 4A East matchup with Frederick traveling to South River.

Next Monday's quarterfinals include a pair of rematches featuring teams which squared off this week.

In 2A West, No. 4-seed North Hagerstown will host No. 5-seed Middletown. The Knights defetaed the Hubs 15-5, 7-15, 15-8, 15-9 for third place in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League on Wednesday.

In 1A West, No. 3-seed Hancock hosts No. 6-seed Clear Spring. The Blazers pulled off a 15-6, 15-11, 15-10 upset of the Panthers on Tuesday.

Other quarterfinals of note next Monday are No. 8 Westmar at No. 1 Williamsport in 1A West, and No. 5 Oakland Mills at No. 4 South Hagerstown, No. 6 Catoctin at No. 3 Poolesville and No. 7 Forestville at No. 2 Boonsboro in 1A South.

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