Williamsport spikes Greencastle with three-game rally

September 28, 2004


WILLIAMSPORT - The Williams-port volleyball team shook off a loss in the first game by coming back to win the next three, beating Greencastle-Antrim 22-25, 25-13, 25-12, 25-20 to snap the Blue Devils' season-opening, nine-match winning streak Monday.

Greencastle led Williamsport (4-1) by a 6-4 margin in the second game when setter Beth Ryan stepped up to the service line for the Wildcats. Ryan got four service points in a row to put the Wildcats ahead, 8-6.

"I just knew that, when I was back there on the service line, we were down and we had to pick it up right then and there," Ryan said. "I knew that as long as I could get them over and in, we would be able to pick it up."

Ryan also did a good job of setting up the kills, finishing with 16 assists. Ryan added seven service points, four kills and four blocks.


The Wildcats were on top 17-13 in the second game when Lacie Johnson served for the final eight points to win the game.

Johnson ended up with 15 service points and 12 kills. Lea Drury had 13 assists and 12 service points, Sammi Snodderly added 11 kills and eight service points and Summer Sines had 10 service points for Williamsport. Emily Malott had eight kills and six blocks, while Lauren Brown had eight blocks and four kills.

"Our setters put the ball in the right hitter's hand at the right time," Williamsport coach Emily Crabtree said. "Another big plus is that we only missed three serves. We had a big improvement with our serving tonight."

Jessica Ritchey collected 27 digs and 17 kills, while Michelle Negley added 22 digs and 12 service points for Greencastle (9-1). Mandi Mentzer got 23 digs and Jade Dunhour added 21 assists for the Blue Devils.

"I think that if we would have been able to control our serve receiving a little bit better, then we would have had a much better offense," Greencastle coach Vicki Ritchey said. "Williamsport served very aggressively. They are consistent and they hustle very well."

JV: Williamsport, 25-21, 25-17.

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No. 6 James Buchanan 3 Waynesboro 0

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Ashleigh Helfrick had 14 service points and Erica Helfrick had 23 assists to lead James Buchanan past Waynesboro, 25-14, 25-17, 25-23.

Jess Snyder had 11 kills and five blocks and Tiff Hunsberger had 28 digs for the Rockets (9-1).

Paige Tanner had nine kills for Waynesboro.

No. 9 Smithsburg 3, Century 1

SMITHSBURG - Kim Sullivan had 15 service points and 13 kills to lead Smithsburg to an MVAL non division win over Century, 26-24, 25-19, 17-25, 25-21.

Kenzie Bowen had 10 service points and seven kills and Kayla Martin had 15 assists for the Leopards (4-1).

Southern Fulton 3, N. Bedford 0

LOYSBURG, Pa. - Candace Bard had 16 service points and Brandy Swope added 14 as Southern Fulton swept Northern Bedford, 25-10, 25-18, 25-16.

Jessie Wigfield had eight kills and eight digs for the Indians (4-4).

CVCS 3, New Life 0

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Caroline Gieger had nine kills and five aces, while Miranda Payne had 18 assists and Shanne Liddick had nine kills for Cumberland Valley Christian School (5-7, 7-3) in a Mason Dixon Christian Conference match.


No. 2 Jefferson 5, St. Maria Goretti 1

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. - Matt Speaker and Brian Wenner had two goals apiece and Adam Roque scored once for Jefferson.

Mike Cushwa scored Goretti's lone goal.

No. 6 Walkersville 2, Winters Mill 0

WESTMINSTER, Md. - Grant Green had 13 saves and posted his thrd shutout of the season as Walkersville downed Winters Mill in MVAL Piedmont action.

Eric Blackwell scored on an assist from Brandon Vickers and Michael Smith scored on an assist from Ben Seidel for the Lions (6-2, 2-0).

No. 7 Middletown 4, Tuscarora 2

FREDERICK, Md. - Bobby Buckheit had one goal that was assisted by Jake Epstein, Joe Keimig had one goal that was assisted by Bryan Bellow and Ben McMunn had two goals, one on a penalty kick, for Middletown.

Dainel Shanne and Paterick Treadwell each had one goal for Tuscarora.

James Buchanan 5, Waynesboro 2

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Josh Pickens scored three goals - all assisted by Chas Mease - to lead James Buchanan past Wayensboro.

Arin Zimmerman added two goals and Matt Heckman had an assist for the Rockets.

Nick Adams scored on a penalty kick and Chris Taber scored on an assist from Tyler Barrett for Waynesboro (2-5).


Smithsburg 7, Clear Spring 0

CLEAR SPRING - Shannon Fowkes scored three goals as Smithsburg rolled to an MVAL Antietam win.

Shleby Layman, Katie Seifarth, Mia Doyle and Emily Favret each added goals for Smithsburg (3-4), who outshot the Blazers, 21-3.

Jackie Hornbaker had 13 saves for Clear Spring.

Walkersville 2, Winters Mill 1

WALKERSVILLE, Md. - Rachel Shapelow and Rachel Humerick scored for Walkersville in its win over Winters Mill. Sara Rittlemeyer and Shapelow each had an assist and keeper Michelle White had 10 saves for Williamsport.


Hagerstown 3, Essex 0

BALTIMORE - Katie Spoonire had eight kills and 11 digs and Staci Grabill had 24 assists to lead Hagerstown Community College to a Maryland JuCo sweep of Essex Community College, 30-22, 30-28, 30-21.

Brittany Meadows had six kills, while Amanda Lady and Ashley Michael each had five for the Hawks (14-5, 5-0). Lady also had nine digs and Michael added six.


Grier makes hole-in-one

Alicia Grier made a hole-in-one at the par 3, 85-yard second hole at Yinglings Golf Center while practicing with the Smithsburg High School golf team.

Grier used a sand wedge to make the shot, witnessed by Alex Wine and Sean Henson.

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