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Split decision

Wildcats sweep Hubs; Antietam title is shared by three teams

Wildcats sweep Hubs; Antietam title is shared by three teams

October 29, 2004|by JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT - No. 4 North Hagerstown had a chance to be selfish and keep the MVAL Antietam Conference volleyball title all to itself.

Thanks to No. 6 Williamsport, the Hubs were forced to share.

The Wildcats earned a third of the conference crown for themselves as well as No. 5 Boonsboro on Thursday night, as Williamsport swept North 25-15, 25-20, 26-24.

The result is a three-way tie in the Antietam standings between the Hubs (14-2), Wildcats (13-2) and Warriors (15-1), who all finished 6-1 in conference play. North defeated Boonsboro in a five-set thriller on Oct. 7, while the Warriors handed Williamsport its only league loss last Thursday.

Williamsport won at least a piece of an MVAL title for the third straight year.

"Even a share of the title feels good, especially with so many good teams in this conference," Williamsport coach Emily Crabtree said. "We were fired up for the match. We knew that a share of the title was on the line. We came out and played hard."

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Sammi Snodderly had 31 digs and 10 kills to lead the Wildcats. Beth Ryan had 16 assists and nine service points, Summer Sines had 18 digs, Lea Drury finished with 18 assists, Lacie Johnson had 13 kills and three aces, Lauren Brown had eight kills and Emily Malott had six kills for Williamsport.

"When it comes to pressure, we seem to fold," North Hagerstown coach Corry Eagler said. "We knew Williamsport was tough and we have been preparing for it. But we didn't rise to the occasion. It was their night."

Ariel Kifer had 39 digs and five kills, Katie Plume added 30 digs and three aces and Brooke Ward had eight service points and four kills for the Hubs.

Williamsport led from start to finish in the first game, then came back from a 6-2 deficit in the second game to take a 7-6 lead on a sideout and four straight service points by Malott. Later, Snodderly served five consecutive points to help the Wildcats stretch their lead to 17-11.

The Hubs built an 18-10 advantage during the third game, before the Wildcats outscored North 16-6 the rest of the way and ended the match on an ace by Johnson.

"We had one of our better serving nights tonight," Crabtree said. "I think we caught North off-balance. When we were down 18-10 in Game 3, we didn't give up. I told the girls that the game wasn't over until somebody got 25 points, or in this case 26 points. We came back and fought hard one point at a time."

The Williamsport JV team finished with a 13-1 record after a 25-14, 25-12 sweep over North (12-2).

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