Hawks top Potomac in sweep

October 21, 2004|by JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

Nothing can make the Hagerstown Community College Hawks' volleyball team lose its intensity.

Even though HCC had already clinched its second straight regular-season championship in the Maryland JuCo Conference on Monday to finish with a perfect 11-0 conference record, it still remained fired up.

That intensity helped the Hawks to sweep the Potomac State College Catamounts 30-9, 30-16 and 30-15 on Wednesday night at the HCC athletic complex.

Sophomore outside hitter Keri Jackson, who was one of the top stars on Hedgesville's 2002 state championship team, said that the Hawks were ready to go at full force on Wednesday night.


"It was nice to be No. 1 in the conference," Jackson said. "But it doesn't really change our game plan at all. Everybody is still going out there with a lot of intensity. We know that we have to play every game at our top level. I don't know if we played at our top level tonight. But, we did not let down at all. We have put it together pretty well since the beginning of the season. We have grown as a team and with our individual skills."

The regular-season title was the 11th for HCC in the last 16 years.

Jackson finished with 12 kills, nine digs and eight service points. Savanah Wetzel got 13 of her 19 service points during the third game for the Hawks. Wetzel added 20 digs and 10 aces, while Staci Grabill contributed 34 assists for HCC. Meggie Miller collected 12 kills, 11 digs and 10 service points, while Ashley Michael added eight service points and seven kills for HCC.

The Hawks will close out their regular season at home on Friday at 7 p.m. with a non-conference match against Frederick.

HCC (24-6) will then compete in the Region XX Tournament at Catonsville Community College on October 29-30. If the Hawks win the tournament title, it will also be their second straight one and the 11th one in the past 16 years.

"I think that we have made great progress this season," HCC coach Beth Domenico said. "We are now trying to perfect our skills."

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