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Leopards blaze to a victory

October 10, 2003|by JACK HILL III

SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Leopards' mixture of experience and developing youth paid dividends against the Clear Spring Blazers on Thursday.

The Leopards swept the Blazers 25-11, 25-22, 25-8 in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League Antietam Conference volleyball match.

"I think we did an excellent job of coming out tonight and playing as a team," Smithsburg coach Rachel Bachtell said. "We executed and we were able to finish plays.

"I have been seeing great progress, since we first walked into the gym back on Aug. 15. We are expecting great things this year. We have a great bunch of seniors and a good group of sophomores that are all stepping up and playing their roles."

Sophomore setter Kayla Martin had 14 service points and 11 assists for Smithsburg (6-3, 2-0).

"It feels good to win," Martin said. "Our team worked together and we showed what we can do. A lot of people expect a lot of us and we are going to try to step up to that expectation. We have definitely improved since the beginning, but there is always more room to improve. We can definitely pick it up."

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Heather Bywaters had 10 kills and Annie Brucksch added nine service points for the Leopards. Laura Lindsay added seven kills and Molly Powell had seven assists.

Amber Hendershot had five digs, Jill Shupp had five assists and Lindsay Fiedler added four kills for the Blazers (5-3, 0-1).

"We played very well in the second game," Kriner said. "If we could have pulled that second game out, the third game might have gone a little bit differently. Smithsburg runs a very quick offense and had a good serving game. Their serving kept us from running our offense, because we did not pass that well tonight."

Smithsburg swept the JV match, 28-26, 26-24.

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