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Warriors' unity leaves Blazers in disarray

October 17, 2003|by DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

BOONSBORO - Another point. Another chance for a different Warrior to step up.

Right from the start against Clear Spring, Boonsboro showed off its depth, as seniors Caroline Woodhams and Sara Beth Williams and sophomores Jessie Ambrose, Caitlyn Selby and Kasi Harris took turns serving, setting and spiking the Warriors past the Blazers 25-6, 25-10, 25-14 on Thursday night in an MVAL Antietam matchup.

"They worked hard in the offseason, they work together and they work as a team," Boonsboro coach Wendi Smith said. "I was very calm tonight because they worked hard to rebound from the loss to Middletown (on Sept. 30)."

The Warriors (11-1, 4-0) showed their depth right from the start. Selby, Ambrose, Williams and Harris all had two kills, Woodhams had five assists and Ambrose added four assists as Boonsboro went on a 21-4 run to cruise home with the first game. Selby had a run of four straight aces and Williams added two aces.

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Williams had two more kills in the second game, with Woodhams and Ambrose adding two assists each as the Warriors started the second game on a 12-2 run and ended it on an 8-1 tear. Harris had three consecutive aces in the game.

Woodhams had four kills and three assists to lead the way in the third game, in which Boonsboro used an 8-1 run to pull away. Ambrose and Williams had two kills each and Ambrose added two assists.

"I have nice depth," Smith said. "Any time someone's struggling, I have someone to turn to."

Clear Spring (5-5, 1-3), which has lost three in a row, didn't execute the way it did at times earlier this season. The Blazers committed 31 errors - seven on failed serves - and allowed 16 aces, accounting for 47 of Boonsboro's 75 points.

"We just couldn't put everything we needed to together for a long enough period of time," Blazers coach Robin Kriner said. "When we needed a serve, we didn't get it. When we needed a pass, we didn't get it. We've just gotten in a little slump where we can't execute as well as we'd like to."

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