Williamsport begins title defense in 1A West

November 09, 2004|by TIM KOELBLE

WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport was clearly the better volleyball team in blue uniforms on Monday night.

The two-time defending Maryland Class 1A state champions continued on their quest for another title, moving one step closer with a 25-4, 25-15, 25-9 thrashing of visiting Allegany in a West region quarterfinal.

Having some fun on the floor with a loose appearance didn't deter the Wildcats (14-2) from putting forth a strong performance against the blue-clad Campers (3-13).

Williamsport will try to extract some revenge for a regular-season loss to Boonsboro when it hosts the Warriors in a semifinal match on the Wildcats' floor.


"We like to have fun out there but we know when to pick up the intensity," said senior Emily Malott, who had seven aces and four kills and set the tone early in the first game.

"They're a fun-loving group," coach Emily Crabtree said. "They know, at the appropriate time, to be serious about the game and they will be Wednesday."

With the score tied 2-2, Malott took her turn behind the service line and became a real headache for Allegany's defense.

With power, Malott delivered all seven of her aces in a scoring binge that put Williamsport in front 15-2 before Allegany stopped the bleeding.

Allegany never led in the second game and was as close as 17-15 before the Wildcats closed out with eight straight points.

With Lea Drury taking her turn serving, Allegany was unable to respond to serves even stronger than Malott's. Drury had 10 or her 12 aces at the start of the final game, which boosted the Wildcats to a 16-0 lead.

Sammi Snodderly, who had six kills in the second game, put the final touches on the victory with four points down the stretch - two on tips - and added an assist on a clinching kill by Lauren Brown.

"We're a nerve-racking type of team," Snodderly said. "We expect to win when we come out. We don't let our nerves bother us and when we get into a game we jell together."

Allegany coach Anna Murray didn't expect much entering the contest.

"We've got a young team and haven't got a lot out of our seniors, just like tonight," Murray said.

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