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Blazers sweep first match in new league

September 10, 2003|by DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

CLEAR SPRING - Forget about the history Clear Spring's volleyball team made Tuesday night. The Blazers are more thrilled by their win-loss record.

Playing its first match against a fellow Monocacy Valley Athletic League member, Clear Spring defeated Catoctin 25-15, 25-10, 25-19.

Clear Spring has won its first two matches of the season, something to be proud of after a 4-12 record last year.

"It wasn't about being in a new league," Blazers coach Robin Kriner said. "They're more excited about being 2-0. It's been a long time since we've been 2-0."

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Clear Spring didn't have much trouble with Catoctin (0-2), which struggled to find any consistency in its passing game. The Cougars made 13 errors in the first game and gave up eight aces and four other service winners to the Blazers in the second.

"A lot of people got down on themselves, and they need to work on picking themselves up and working as a team," Catoctin coach Wanda Adkins said. "Things will turn around in time, and the key is to be patient."

What Catoctin lacked in consistency, Clear Spring found in Jill Shupp. The senior setter had her hands in everything as a steadying force for the Blazers, finishing with eight assists and four of Clear Spring's 16 aces.

"She runs our offense," Kriner said. "She's the glue on our team."

With Shupp running the show, Clear Spring managed to avoid the errors that haunted Catoctin all game.

"If we don't make mistakes, if we keep the ball in play, it gives the other team more opportunities to make mistakes," Kriner said.

Shupp's setting - as well as the setting of reserve setter Ashley Crist - gave opportunities to numerous Blazers. Amanda Lady led the way with six kills, Lindsay Fiedler had three kills and Shupp, Brittany Gruber and Kara Hose all had two kills as Clear Spring spread the ball around.

Sherri Bryan had four aces, while Crist and Katie Reichard had three aces for the Blazers.

Kelly Stiles led Catoctin with five kills.

Clear Spring won the JV match, 25-22, 25-19.

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