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Warriors stun Wildcats in Antietam

October 22, 2004|by JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO - Thursday night's MVAL Antietam volleyball clash between the Williamsport Wildcats and the Boonsboro Warriors could be compared to the American League Championship Series matchup between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.

Williamsport has been dominant for many years, much like the Yankees.

But Boonsboro got its turn to win a match against Williamsport, just like Boston finally won the ALCS over New York on Wednesday night.

The No. 6 Warriors defeated the No. 2 Wildcats 21-25, 25-20, 25-14, 25-23, leaving both teams with one loss in the conference and looking up only to No. 5 North Hagerstown, which is undefeated in league play.

"Teamwork was the key to the victory tonight," Boonsboro coach Wendi Smith said. "Every girl picked it up a notch. We knew that Williamsport would be a tough team. We knew that we would have to work hard for every point tonight. The girls gave their all."

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The contributions were spread out widely for Boonsboro (14-1, 5-1). Kasi Harris had 10 blocks, 10 digs and 10 service points, Caitlyn Selby had 18 kills, 11 digs and nine service points, Jessie Ambrose had 22 assists, 10 service points and seven kills, Jerica Hewett had 12 service points, eight blocks and six kills, Kim Snavely had 20 digs and Tara Garver added 16 assists and five kills.

"It was a battle; Boonsboro won," Williamsport coach Emily Crabtree said. "They outplayed us most of the match. We came out strong in the first game and then we lost something in Game 2. I am sure that it had something to do with the way that Boonsboro played. They played an awesome match tonight. They were scrappy, they were digging up our hard hits and they were putting the ball in the holes."

Williamsport (11-2, 4-1) also had some outstanding individual performances. Lacie Johnson had 11 service points and nine kills, Sammi Snodderly had 20 kills, Beth Ryan had 12 assists, Lea Drury had 17 assists, Emily Malott had eight kills and five blocks and Lauren Brown also made five blocks.

Boonsboro started off the third game with four straight service points by Ambrose. Both Harris and Hewett added strings of four points during the game for the Warriors.

Williamsport took a 22-21 lead in the fourth game. But Boonsboro earned a point on a side-out and two points from Snavely to take the lead for good at 24-22. After Williamsport got a point on a side-out, Boonsboro won on Selby's match-ending kill.

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