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HCC girls just wanted to have fun in sweep

October 02, 2003|by JACK HILL III

It was a case of pleasure before business for the Hagerstown Community College volleyball team on Wednesday.

The Hawks didn't play at their competitive best - they didn't have to - but it sure was enjoyable during a 30-13, 30-16, 20-13 sweep of Montgomery-Rockville in a Maryland JuCo Conference match at HCC's athletic complex.

"It's always fun to win," Shea Storms said. "But it's also hard to keep the enthusiasm against a team that is not on your level. We're a really strong team overall. We have good passers and that can lead to good sets."

Freshman setter put the HCC hitters in position with 40 assists to go along with 12 service points.

HCC coach Beth Domenico fsaid the Hawks (11-2, 4-0) struggled for a little while to find the right amount of intensity for Rockville (1-3 overall, 1-2 conference).

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"I think that it was hard for the team to keep their intensity up," Domenico said. "I think that we did a good job with winning the match. We still played together as a team. We were able to start to get into the flow. We started to do the things that were necessary to win."

Keri Jackson finished with 15 kills and 13 digs, while Meggie Miller collected 17 digs, 11 kills and 10 service points for HCC. Amanda Storms had 10 digs and nine kills for the Hawks, while Emily Beecher added 16 digs and four aces and Ashley Michael had 10 service points.

The Hawks put some good team chemistry to good use.

"I personally have never played so well with a team that gets along well on the court as well as off the court," Shea Storms said. "That helps us to really connect as a team. It helps us to flow better on the court."

HCC's flow is getting the team some recognition nationally.

HCC was among teams receiving votes in the latest NJCAA Division II poll while a number of Hawks cracked the individual statistics lists.

Shea Storms ranks fifth nationally with 10.3 assists per game.

Miller ranks 11th with 35.1 percent hitting efficiency, 11th with 4.2 digs per game and 21st with 3.28 kills per game.

Jackson is ninth at 37.8 percent hitting efficiency, 17th with 3.35 kills per game and 20th with 3.9 digs per game.

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