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Hawks go five games for win

September 18, 2004|by JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

The Hagerstown Community College volleyball team had a long night on Friday for two reasons.

First, a tornado warning caused a 30-minute delay near the end of the second game and forced the evacuation of the HCC Athletic Complex's main gymnasium. Players and fans waited the delay out in the locker-room area.

Then, the College of Southern Maryland pushed the Hawks to the limit before HCC pulled out a 30-18, 23-30, 20-30, 30-26, 15-7 victory in the Maryland JuCo Conference.

Sophomore outside hitter Megan Miller, a Williamsport graduate, helped the Hawks (10-1, 3-0) take a 9-3 lead in the deciding fifth game by serving four straight points. HCC led by at least five the rest of the way and Miller sealed it on a match-ending kill.

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Miller, battling a sprained left ankle, showed no ill effects, finishing with 26 service points - including 13 straight in the first game - 30 kills and 23 digs.

"It was a good victory," Miller said. "Our team brought everything we had. We're starting out slow, but hopefully it will pick up as the season goes on."

Staci Grabill added 65 assists and eight digs, while Savanah Wetzel had 38 digs and 12 service points for HCC. Keri Jackson added 22 kills and 17 digs, while Katie Spoonire came off the bench for nine service points.

"We first thought that it would be easier than what it was after the win in the first game and the tornado warning," HCC coach Beth Domenico said. "But then everybody was able to get it together. For how down we were for those few games, I was impressed with how we came back to win the match. I think that if our team learns how to play consistently, then we will be fine. We still have a lot of improvement that we need to make."

Katie Tyner had 14 service points, Jessica Crum and Ashley Sands added 10 points each and Danielle Sturman had nine service points for Southern Maryland (13-8, 1-1).

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