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Warriors give all vs. Leopards to make bid for Antietam title

October 27, 2004|by DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

BOONSBORO - Boonsboro's volleyball team did everything it could to try to win a share of the MVAL Antietam title. Now it's out of the No. 6 Warriors' hands.

Jessie Ambrose had 10 kills, 11 service points and 17 assists, Caitlyn Selby had 14 kills and the Warriors' defense smothered No. 10 Smithsburg through the first two games of a 25-15, 25-12, 21-25, 25-19 victory on Tuesday night - Boonsboro's final match in the regular season.

The win leaves the Warriors (15-1, 6-1) with a shot at a share of the Antietam title, but they need help. If No. 5 North Hagerstown beats No. 2 Williamsport on Thursday, the Hubs win the title outright. If the Wildcats win, North, Williamsport and Boonsboro would all share the title with one conference loss each.

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Still, Boonsboro is rolling in the right direction heading into the playoffs, having upset Williamsport last week.

"I told them they had to carry it over, that Smithsburg was going to be tough and they had to carry over the momentum," Warriors coach Wendi Smith said. "We are starting to peak, and now is the time to peak heading into the playoffs."

Boonsboro's defense was everywhere against Smithsburg (8-5, 4-3) as the Warriors claimed a commanding 2-0 lead.

The Leopards managed just seven kills in the first two games - including only two in the second game.

"They're a very good defensive team," Smithsburg coach Rachel Bachtell said. "We have spots that we hit to that are usually open against most teams, and we emphasized to our hitters to mix it up, and they did to an extent. Boonsboro is a very scrappy team and they got to a lot of balls."

However, the Leopards did not go away quietly. Kenzie Bowen had five kills and Mandie Conway and Kim Sullivan added two kils each as Smithsburg rallied from a 7-1 deficit in thre third game to force a fourth game.

"Our defense fell apart, we got a little tired and Smithsburg is a good team," Ambrose said. "We couldn't take them lightly."

"We fought back to take a game from them, and that's good for the girls," Bachtell said.

Bowen - who finished with 12 kills - had five more in the fourth game, but Ambrose had three kills and five assists and Selby added four kills as Boonsboro put away Smithsburg.

Tara Garver had 17 assists and nine service points for the Warriors, while Jerica Hewett added eight service points.

Conway had eight service points, including four aces, while Molly Powell had nine service points and Kayla Martin had seven for Smithsburg.

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