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Halos win first annual February Freedom Volleyball Tournament

February 20, 2004

From Tina McAllister's opening rendition of the National Anthem to Lauryl Lewis' closing with "God Bless America," it was destined to be a special day.

Culminating in a match pitting "sister team" against "sister team," the Tri-State FCA Halos Under-15 volleyball team edged the Tri-State FCA Revelation Under-16 team in the First Annual February Freedom Tournament at Grace Academy in Hagerstown on Saturday.

The tournament, hosted by the Tri-State FCA Volleyball Club, fatured 10 teams from throughout the region competing for the crown.

Tournament Director Mike Hyatt estimated that more than 300 people attended the tournament.

Both the Halos and Revelation completed pool play undefeated, winning their respective nets. The Revelation defeated the Charles County Panthers, 25-7, 25-8; the CVVC Cobra's of Carroll County, 25-16, 25-18; another "sister" team, the Tri-State FCA Crusaders 25-17, 25-11; and the Washington Diplomats Red 27-25, 25-15.

The Halos also swept through the pool play, defeating the Washington Diplomats Blue, 25-12, 25-7; the Washington County Thunder, 25-19, 25-20; Team Strike Force of Columbia, Md, 25-8, 25-13; NORLANCO 15's BLUE of Lancaster, PA 25-23, 25-14.

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In the semifinals, the Halos swept the CVVC Cobras 25-16, 25-16, while the Revelation defeated NORLANCO, 25-13, 25-19. This led to the final match up, where the Halos lost thefirst game 25-20, and were behind in game two before regrouping to win 25-21, forcing the third and deciding game, where the Halos outlasted the Revelation, 15-11.

The Halos, finishing 12-1, were led by Jess Leedy's 51 assists and 37 points (12 aces, 20 kills, five blocks); Kate Zimmer's 69 points (15 aces, 46 kills, eight blocks); Lacie Johnson's 46 assists and 31 points (12 aces, 18 kills, one block); and Cari Cline's 39 points (13 aces, 24 kills, two blocks).

The Revelation, finishing 11-2, were led by Melanie Fries' 16 aces, 15 digs and 6 assists; Miranda Wenger's 14 kills and 18 digs; Jade Dunhour's 14 aces, 14 digs and 65 assists; Marissa Bender's 21 Kills, seven aces and nine digs; and Megan Wunderlich's 12 digs.

Three members of each team earned All-Tournament Team honors. The Revelation was represented by Miranda Wenger, Jade Dunhour and Melanie Fries. The Halos were represented by Kate Zimmer, Lacie Johnson and tournament Mosty Valuable Player Jesse Leedy.

The remainder of the All-Tournament Team included Alice Gold of Norlanco and Katie Sandberg of CVVC Cobras.

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