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HCC volleyball team wants to fly higher

September 06, 2004|by JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

The Hagerstown Community College women's volleyball team is hoping the success of 2003 can be duplicated in 2004.

Last season, the Hawks knocked the Catonsville Community College Cardinals out of the championship nest. The Hawks finished 26-3, went undefeated in the Maryland JuCo Conference and defeated Catonsville - a five-time defending Maryland JuCo champion and Region XX champion three out of the prevoius four years - in the Region XX Tournament championship match to advance to nationals.

Three sophomores return from last year's squad - Region XX Tournament MVP Megan Miller (Williamsport) and Keri Jackson (Hedgesville) as outside hitters, and Ashley Michael (Grace Academy) as a middle hitter.

"Megan, Keri and Ashley have definitely been assisting the team during the past week," Haws coach Beth Domenico said. "They will definitely provide leadership. The potential is there for us to have another very successful season. Our goal is to win the Region XX Tournament again and return to the nationals."

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Seven freshmen arrive to bolster the ranks, including setter and defensive specialist Staci Grabill, who helped lead Williamsport to the Maryland Class 1A state championship each of the last two years.

Sara Beth Williams (Boonsboro) and Laura Lindsay (Smithsburg) will be middle hitters, while Brittany Meadows (Smithsburg) and Amanda Lady (Clear Spring) will add to HCC's front-line power.

Mya Widmyer (Allegany) and Savanah Wetzel (Waynesboro, Pa.) will be defensive specialists and Wetzel will also be a setter.

"We are a really young team this year," Domenico said. "Things are going very good in preseason practice. ... We're not going to be as tall in the middle like we were last year, but we should be a good defensive team. It looks like we have the ability to dig well. We are really going to look to our outside hitters to improve from last year and hopefully take the team back to the nationals this year."

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