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Falcons eliminate Warriors in three

November 07, 2002|by CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO - The beginning and the end of Boonsboro's Class 1A South volleyball match Wednesday was almost exactly what Wendi Smith wanted to see.

It was what happened in between that created problems.

During that in-between stage, Poolesville outscored the Warriors 37-11, enough to register a 16-14, 15-7, 17-15 sweep and advance to the final round Friday against Smithsburg.

Smith and company watched a 7-0 lead in Game 1 evaporate, then rallied from a 7-0 deficit in the third game to nearly avert the sweep.

"They took the wind out of our sails (in Game 1), and it took us a while to regroup," said Smith. "We have to play as a team. We didn't play to win, we played not to lose."

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Boonsboro (8-8) had opportunities to force a fourth game, but was unable to get the break it needed.

"That's what my team did all year," said Smith. "They don't give up. They are fighters. If they're going to go down, they're going to go down fighting."

The Warriors' rallied for nine unanswered points early in Game 3 behind five Claire Houseknecht service points and a pair of Kim Snavely kills.

Poolesville (9-6) then rebounded with seven of the game's next eight points for a 14-10 advantage. But Sara Beth Williams served five straight points - aided by three Sarah Harris kills - to put Boonsboro within a point of the win.

Rita McEleney's kill for the Falcons, however, force a side out, and subsequent kills from Maureen DuVall and Katie Kuhn ended the Warriors hopes.

"We never seem to have things well in control," said Falcons coach Fran DuVall. "Our whole season has been a roller coaster ride."

Five different Poolesville players registered kills during the Falcons' last 10 points, as Boonsboro seemed to have trouble handling their superior net play.

"We have a pretty balanced attack," said DuVall. "We didn't pass very well tonight, but I guess it's good when you can win and not pass well."

Several missed service opportunities and numerous unforced defensive errors by Boonsboro allowed the Falcons to recover from a 7-point deficit to open Game 1. Jessye Shortall asserted herself at the net with four kills late in the game, as Poolesville scored 16 of the final 23 points.

Kuhn and Maureen DuVall provided the big guns for the Falcons in the second game, combining for six kills, as Poolesville continued to dominate up front.

Harris' seven kills and five blocks sparked the Warriors, with Snavely adding six kills and 17 digs, and Williams contributing nine service points.

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