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Hawks advance to Region XX volleyball semis

November 04, 2002|by JACK HILL III

Even though the winter sports have already started at Hagerstown Community College, the Hawks volleyball team made it clear on Saturday that the fall sports season is not over with yet.

The Hawks did that by advancing to the semifinals of the Region XX Volleyball Tournament at the HCC athletic complex.

HCC swept Beaver County 30-18 and 30-13 and Allegany, 30-25 and 30-20, before getting swept by Frederick, 30-19 and 30-28. But HCC still qualified for the semifinals.

Both best-of-5 semifinal matches will start today at noon. Three-time defending tournament champion Catonsville will play Frederick on the main court. Hagerstown will play Cecil on court No. 1.

The two winners of the semifinals will face off in the best-of-5 championship match at 1:30.

The eight-team tournament had two pools of four teams each.

Both Hagerstown and Frederick ended up with 4-2 records, while both Allegany and Beaver County went 2-4 in Pool B. Hagerstown finished first in Pool B because of point differential.

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Catonsville came through with a perfect 6-0 record, both Cecil and Southern Maryland were 3-3 and Potomac State was 0-6 in Pool A. Cecil defeated Southern Maryland 30-26 in a one-game playoff to determine the second representative from Pool A.

During HCC's second game against Allegany, freshman Amanda Storms snapped a 17-17 tie by serving for 10 straight points to give the Hawks the lead for good at 27-17. Shortly thereafter, HCC sealed the 30-20 victory to clinch a spot in today's semifinals.

"I just took my time and concentrated," Storms said. "It put some distance into the score. We knew that we could finish it up. We have a good team."

Storms got 14 of her 20 overall service points in the match against Allegany. Cary McGuire finished with a team-high 21 service points, Melanie Whitt added 18 service points and Chelsea Jolliffe had 15 service points for HCC.

"I think that we are sitting in a really good position right now to win this tournament," HCC coach Beth Domenico said. "I think that we came ready to play and we were very confident in our playing. We told the players that they had nothing to lose. We just told them to put the regular season behind them and just concentrate on the tournament this weekend."

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