Rebels shake off slow start, tame Lions

November 01, 2003|by DAN KAUFFMAN

Every now and then, even Rebels need to be reminded of their purpose.

With South Hagerstown struggling to a 14-10 deficit in Game 1 of its Class 1A West first round volleyball match with Walkersville on Friday night, coach Chuck Weaver called time out and set about getting the Rebels on the same page.

"The cold-hearted fact was that of their 14 points, 12 were on our errors," Weaver said. "That was a slap in the face."

Awakened, South went on a 12-0 run - with freshman Chelsea Weaver serving 11 straight points - to take control of the game and the match in a 25-16, 25-11, 25-20 sweep of the Lions.


"I knew if I concentrated on getting my serves in, that would be the turning point," said Chelsea Weaver, who had five aces in the run. "I needed to do that for myself and the team."

Weaver, Caitlyn Nicewarner and Jamie Fowler each had three kills in Game 1, and Keli Dofflemyer had nine assists as South (10-6) shook off the early doldrums.

"(Coach) pretty much said we needed to go out, get into the game and get refocused," Nicewarner said. "I think we realized if we didn't go out and get it done then we might not move on. There was a lot more energy after that."

The Rebels wasted little time securing Game 2, as Dofflemyer served seven straight points in an opening 8-0 run and later runs of 5-0 (four on Weaver's serves) and 6-0 (five on Angela Chang's serves) gave South a commanding 21-6 lead.

South slowly built a 19-11 lead in Game 3 and finished the match off on Weaver's ninth ace of the contest. Weaver finished with 21 service points.

Nicewarner led the Rebels with seven kills, while Weaver and Fowler both had six. Dofflemyer finished with 21 assists.

South advanced to Monday's quarterfinal at top-seeded Francis Scott Key, the favorite to come out of the region.

"We need to get more consistent," Chuck Weaver said. "That's been our downfall. I think we have the talent, we're just not consistent enough."

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