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Rebels rally past rivals

October 01, 2003|by CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

Some teams need to stare disaster in the face to play up to their capability.

The South Hagerstown volleyball team may be one of them.

Trailing two games to one after dropping a thrilling Game 3, the Rebels rebounded Tuesday night to claim a 17-25, 25-13, 27-29, 25-21, 15-7 match over city rival North Hagerstown.

South outscored the Hubs 40-22 down the stretch to win it.

"We were kind of down (after the third game)," South junior Jamie Fowler said. "But we got out of the hole. We really came together as a team."

Facing a 7-1 deficit in Game 4, South took advantage of six Hubs errors, added a pair of kills and a Chelsea Weaver ace to tie the score at 11-11.

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North (5-4) re-established the lead at 16-13, but four straight Hubs errors and kills by Fowler and Weaver put South up 19-17.

Another Weaver ace, followed by kills from Keli Dofflemyer and Caitlin Nicewarner, and two more North errors, handed Game 4 and the momentum to the Rebels (5-1).

"We just can't stay strong through an entire match," North coach Corry Eagler said. "It's a lack of focus. When we played well we looked good, but tonight was a roller-coaster ride."

That roller-coaster continued downhill for the Hubs in the final game. Five errors, kills from Fowler and Nicewarner, and a Dofflemyer ace put South up 8-3, and the Rebels never looked back.

"We wanted to win this match more than any other match all year," Eagler said. "We just had too many unforced errors."

The Rebels offense started rolling early in Game 3 with Weaver, Dofflemyer and Nicewarner combining for seven kills to give South a 15-10 advantage. But North rebounded behind Kierra Nelson's three kills to tie the score at 25-25 before Ariel Kifer took over at the net for the Hubs to ice it.

In Game 1, with the score tied at 14-14, the Hubs used four aces (three by Sarah Staley), and three Katie Plume kills to outscore South 11-3 for the win.

Nine Dofflemyer service points in the second game - along with 12 unforced Hubs errors - allowed South to coast to the win.

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