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Eagles fly into W.Va. semifinals

November 18, 2002

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. - Keri Jackson had 14 kills, five blocks and 11 service points, coming up big in the big moments to lead Hedgesville past Cabell Midland 15-3, 12-15, 15-11, 15-11 in the quarterfinals of the Class AAA state tournament Friday night at Robert C. Byrd High School.

"She had some crucial hits at crucial times and some great serves," Eagles coach Susan Davis said. "She didn't lead the team in points or blocks, but her points and blocks were at times when we needed them."

Ashley Copenhaver had 19 kills, 13 blocks and 10 service points, while Tracey Regalbuto had 36 assists and 12 service points and Kelsey Shipper had 15 service points for Hedgesville (39-4).

The Eagles won Game 1 easily, but struggled in a Game 2 loss before grinding out victories in Games 3 and 4.

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"Our nerves kicked in the second and third (games), and we fought ourselves all night," Davis said. "I don't think I had the same lineup in any game. People stepped up, I used the bench ... it was really like we were fighting ourselves plus Cabell Midland.

"But that's behind ourselves, and (today's) another day."

Hedgesville faces Parkersburg South today at 9:30 a.m. in the semifinals. The teams have met three times - Parkersburg South won two pool play games at the Woodrow Wilson tournament Sept. 7, but the Eagles came back to beat them in a close three-game match in the championship. Parkersburg South then won another close three-game match Oct. 12 in the championship of its own tournament.

"They've got a couple big girls that hit ball well, so our blocks have to be effective and our defense has to get a hand on everything," Davis said. "The game we lost, our serving let us down, so we have to serve tough."

Parkersburg and Capital meet in the other semifinal. Hedgesville played both teams during the regular season, beating Capital in three games at the semifinals at the Woodrow Wilson tournament, but losing on Oct. 19 to Parkersburg in the Martinsburg Invitational semifinals.

The state championship match is scheduled for tonight at 7.

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