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Hawks fall to Cards in Region XX final

November 04, 2002|by JACK HILL III

The Hagerstown Community College Hawks volleyball team received both fortune and misfortune on Sunday afternoon during the final day of the Region XX Volleyball Tournament at the HCC athletic complex.

After losing the first two games of its match against Cecil, HCC came roaring back to win three straight games to win the semifinal match, 25-30, 20-30, 30-19, 31-29 and 15-7.

But then the Catonsville Cardinals swept HCC in the championship match 30-18, 30-20 and 30-10 to win their fourth consecutive Region XX title.

Catonsville made it to the finals by sweeping the Frederick Cougars 30-17, 30-23 and 30-19 in the other semifinal match.

Catonsville will now move on to nationals in Toledo, Ohio.

Catonsville coach Ian Blanchard made it clear that he emphasizes good work habits for his team.

"I would describe myself as a perfectionist when it comes to volleyball," Blanchard said. "I am very detail-oriented on everything. I don't think that there are any little things in volleyball. The good thing right now is that we have the best balance that we have ever had. All of the players are stepping up in different ways every day."

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Tournament MVP Bridget Thornton, Jazziel Granada and Dannielle Packer made the All-Tournament Team for Catonsville. Thornton and Granada were voted to the first team on the All-Region XX Team, while Packer was an honorable mention selection. Leigh Bell of Southern Maryland and Thornton were the All-American Nominees from Region XX.

Amanda Storms and Melanie Whitt represented Hagerstown on the All-Tournament Team. Storms was voted to the first team on the All-Region XX Team, while Whitt was a second-team selection.

Packer had 18 service points and Valerie Thomas added 12 service points for Catonsville during the title match.

Emily Beecher got 26 of her 29 service points for HCC during the semifinal match against Cecil. Whitt got 13 of her 16 service points and Chelsea Jolliffe got 11 of her 12 service points against Cecil.

"I think that we did a great job today," HCC coach Beth Domenico said. "We were seeded No. 7 and we finished second. I think that we showed a lot of heart in the Cecil match. I had confidence in the players that they could do it. I am proud of the players."

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