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'Cats claim Antietam title

October 31, 2003|by JACK HILL III

There's only one word to describe the Williamsport Wildcats' run through the MVAL Antietam Conference.

Perfect.

Williamsport finished 7-0 in the conference to claim the MVAL Antietam title after a 25-16, 25-14, 25-17 sweep of the North Hagerstown Hubs in both teams regular-season finale on Thursday night.

"It feels pretty good," Williamsport coach Emily Crabtree said. "The girls have played hard all year. They stepped up when they needed to. ... I just hope that we continue to play well, take one match at a time and go as far as we can in the playoffs."

Senior setter Staci Grabill voiced her pleasure in the Wildcats' conference championship.

"It's very exciting, because there are a lot of tough teams," Grabill said. "It prepares us for the playoffs. A lot of girls have never experienced this before, so, it's very exciting for them. We have worked hard all season. With winning states last year, we know what has to be done and we are ready. We had a good season, but what really matters is the playoffs."

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Grabill demonstrated her senior leadership with 15 assists and 10 service points.

"We have a lot of strong hitters," Grabill said. "If one is not on, then we can go to another. When the passes are on, our hits will be there."

Sophomore Sammi Snodderly added 14 service points, 10 kills and three aces for Williamsport. Lindsey Plotner had 10 service points, 10 kills and four blocks, Katie Saufley had 16 digs and six kills, while Kris Weir had five kills.

Kierra Nelson had four kills and two blocks, while Tracy Hinkle added three aces for the Hubs (7-7, 4-3).

"The intensity wasn't there," North Hagerstown coach Corry Eagler said. "We didn't come out ready to play."

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