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Eagles soar into Section 1 final

November 04, 2004|b CURT HORNBECKER/Staff Correspondent

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va - Some people dream of hitting the trifecta.

Lori Zick coaches a trifecta.

With seniors Megan Grant, Kayla Laing and Ryan Mills, the Hedgesville volleyball coach has three players, any one of whom is capable of carrying the top-ranked Eagles on her back.

Wednesday night it was Grant, who finished with 11 kills and 12 service points and paced Hedgesville to a convincing 25-8, 25-9, 25-14 victory over Eastern Panhandle rival Jefferson in the West Virginia Region II Section 1 semifinals.

"My three big girls have been our three big guns all year," said Zick. "They're good leaders, and they hold everybody else together."

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But for Grant, at least, it's certainly not all work.

"It's definitely a lot of fun when you can play with girls who can play up to everybody else's level," said Grant. "But we have a well-rounded team. We have a lot of girls who can play."

Jefferson advanced to the semifinals be defeating Hampshire, 3-2.

"It's hard to play back-to-back games," said Cougars coach Robin Rhoades. "It was mentally draining on them."

The Eagles took full advantage, racing to early leads in each of the three games. Four kills from Laing early in Game 1 put Hedgesville up 12-3, and Mills finished the job with three kills in the last seven points.

Grant took over in Game 2, in which the Eagles ran out to a 12-0 advantage, and kept it going in Game 3, with Hedgesville scoring 16 of the first 21 points.

Michelle Walls led the Cougars with six of their 13 service points.

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