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Hancock subdues stubborn Goretti

October 08, 2003|by JACK HILL III

After a quick start, Hancock shook off a stubborn St. Maria Goretti in two of the last three sets.

The Panthers eventually came out on top of the Gaels 25-14, 25-15, 20-25 and 25-22 on Tuesday night in a Washington County high school volleyball match at the Gael Center.

"Our team is getting better," Hancock coach Debbie Bowman said. "We are working on a new set-up and that is helping us to move some. We knew what we were doing out there for most of the time. We probably played our best match tonight. Our passing is starting to come along. Each game, we're getting a little bit better. We're starting to get a little bit more aggressive."

Jenna Demory contributed 32 assists for Hancock (3-5). Danielle Johnson collected 10 service points and eight kills, while Kristine Mellott added 12 kills, eight service points and eight aces for the Panthers. Katie Golden tallied nine service points and Jessica Kerns had seven service points for Hancock.

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"I would say that Kristine Mellott probably had her best match tonight," Bowman said. "She was an all-around player tonight. Jenna Demory is a good, all-around player, too. She has got a really good eye for the court. She sees some things that I don't see sometimes. Actually, the whole team is starting to see the court a little bit better. We are working to get better. It is my goal to make them better."

Katie Martin led St. Maria Goretti with eight service points and six kills. Kathleen McAteer got four aces, while Meg Hudec added five assists and two kills for the Gaels.

During the fourth game, the Panthers jumped out to a 5-0 lead on a sideout and four points in a row by Johnson. It didn't take long for the Gaels to narrow the gap to 7-5. Hancock eventually extended its lead to 18-11. St. Maria Goretti rallied once again to chop the lead down to 24-22 before the Panthers got the game point on the next play on a sideout to seal the match.

Hancock started out the first game with a 4-0 lead on four straight points by Golden. The Panthers were able to continue to build on their lead to win the game, which ended on a dig by Mellott.

The Panthers were only leading 13-9 in the second game when Kerns came off of the bench and responded well with seven consecutive points to jack the lead up to 20-9.

The Gaels came back from a 17-15 deficit in the third game behind three points by McAteer and four points by Amanda Balamenti.

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