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Sunday's roundup - Eagles advance to state tournament

November 11, 2002

PREP VOLLEYBALL



HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - No. 4 Hedgesville is three victories away from its ultimate goal.

The Eagles had no problems winning the W.Va. Class AAA, Region II volleyball tournament Saturday morning, defeating East Fairmont 15-2, 15-8, 15-10 in the semifinals before dispatching Preston County 15-6, 15-3, 15-5 in the finals to earn a berth in the state quarterfinals.

"They were very focused," Hedgesville coach Susan Davis said. "A little sluggish against Fairmont, but when they knew the championship was on the line, they became six different girls out there. They were ready to play."

Tracey Regalbuto had 41 assists and 13 service points, Ashley Copenhaver had 25 kills, eight blocks and 10 service points and Keri Jackson added 15 kills as the leaders of the Eagles' attack. Meanwhile, Tiffany Burkhart (24 service points), Lauren Pitzer (19 points)and Kelsey Shipper (18 points) provided depth at the service line.

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"That helps a lot right there," Davis said. "It's just you and the ball, and our serve receive was (also) good today. We moved fairly well, and like I said, they came to play."

Hedgesville, now with the region title in hand, will play at Robert C. Byrd on Friday in the state quarterfinals. The Eagles' opponent and game time has yet to be determined.

"With this group, it's kind of another step in the journey," Davis said of the regional crown. "We're certainly not overlooking anything, we're enjoying the championship. We went down to the football game, and they were introduced as the regional champions. They're kind of loose."

No. 9 Grace Academy 3 / Portersville 0


Lauren Durbin had 18 kills and two blocks as Grace swept the ACSI Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament final, 15-5, 16-14, 15-9. Susanna Hill had 18 assists and 12 kills, while Sherie Basore had four assists, two aces and a kill for Grace (25-1).

Durbin was named the tournament MVP, while Hill and Basore were named to the all-tourney team.




BOYS SOCCER



Grace Academy 2 / Grace Brethren 1


Ryan Myers scored the game-winning goal in overtime to lift Grace Academy past Grace Brethren in the Association of Christian Schools International championship match.

Tournament MVP Jared Barnhart assisted the winning goal and scored a goal of his own for Grace Academy (18-3-1). Danny Carver recorded 14 saves in the victory.

Jeremy Palmer scored in the 74th minute for Grace Brethren.

Barnhart, Carver, Joey Reed and Mark Derby were selected to the All-Tournament Team from Grace Academy.




BRIEFS



Wilkes earns All-SAC honor


Senior Lettie Wilkes (Williamsport) was among four Catawba College players named to the 2002 All-South Atlantic Conference teams in volleyball. Wilkes was a first team selection and ranks second in the league with 984 assists (10.2 per game) and had 262 digs and 27 aces.

Smithsburg grads named to SAC soccer team


Freshman Kyley Thompson (Smithsburg) of Catawba College was honored as the women's soccer Freshman of the Year in the South Atlantic Conference and was named to the 2002 All-Conference first team. Thompson scored a team-leading 14 goals, including six game-winners.

Teammate Lindsay Layman, also a freshman from Smithsburg, was a second team selection and has started every match this season as a sweeper.

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