Snodderly slams door on Smithsburg

October 13, 2004|by CURT HORNBECKER/Staff Correspondent

SMITHSBURG - Sammi Snodderly wasn't about to give the Smithsburg volleyball team any more chances.

The Williamsport junior took matters into her own hands Tuesday as the No. 3 Wildcats notched a 25-22, 20-25, 25-20, 25-20 win over their county and MVAL Antietam rival.

With Williamsport trailing 20-18, Snodderly carded seven straight service points and delivered three kills before finishing it off with an ace.

"We only wanted to play four games," Snodderly said. "I wanted the ball, I was psyched up. (Hearing) the Smithsburg guys cheering (in the stands) really pumped me up."


Emily Malott kept Williams-port close through the early stages of the fourth game, pounding out five of her eight kills in the game to stake the No. 9 Leopards to a 20-17 advantage behind the net play if Bethany Young.

But, after a side out closed the gap to 20-18, Snodderly took over.

"Williamsport seemed to be able to capitalize in important situations," Smithsburg coach Rachel Bachtell said. "They were able to put the ball away when they needed to. We had our chances, but we made mistakes, and we just couldn't finish."

The Leopards had another of those opportunities in the first game, leading 19-16 before a 9-6 Wildcats' run secured the win with Summer Sines serving three critical points, including an ace.

Williamsport raced to a 17-10 advantage in Game 2 before Jenny Nalley and Kim Sullivan combined for 10 service points, allowing Smithsburg to reel off 15 of the final 18 points of the game.

"Our girls knew what they had to do, and they just kept working at it until they got it," said Williamsport coach Emily Crabtree. "With this group it doesn't matter if they're down, they have the desire to win."

The Wildcats were sparked by Snodderly's 16 kills while Lea Drury added 26 assists and Sines had 18 digs.

Kenzie Bowen finished with 13 kills for Smithsburg, while Kayla Martin chipped in 24 assists and Nalley added 13 service points

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