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Rebels make Lions lambs

November 09, 2004|by CHRIS CARTER/Staff Correspondent

Plays like aces and kills are known to shift the momentum of a game one way or the other.

When those plays are consistently made by only one team, while the opposing team is consistently making errors, the pace of the game - and the game itself - will be decided by the playmaking team.

South Hagerstown proved to be the playmakers as the fourth-seeded Rebels swept fifth-seeded Walkersville 25-5, 25-7, 25-14 in a Maryland Class 2A West quarterfinal Monday.

South (11-5) will travel to take on top-seeded Liberty in the semifinals Wednesday.

"We made the plays that we needed to make both offensively and defensively," Rebels coach Chuck Weaver said. "When you keep making the plays, you get the momentum and put the other team in a hole."

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The Lions were in a hole for much of the night and never led in the first two games.

After forcing a sideout to open the first game, South reeled off nine straight points behind the serves of Brittany Hyatt for a 10-0 lead. Chelsea Weaver had two kills in the run and Hyatt had three aces.

"We had a good night of serving and we hit the ball well," Hyatt said. "That's one of the things we practice a lot."

After yielding two points on errors, the Rebels scored 11 unanswered points for a 21-2 lead before ending the game on an unreturned serve.

South opened the second game with five straight points, three of which came off aces from Hyatt.

Walkersville managed to scored six of the next nine points to cut the lead to 8-6, but the Rebels scored 17 of the next 18 points to take the game. Marisa Bender had four aces and Lindsay Steiner had two kills in the game.

South struggled a bit early in the third game, but it didn't take long for the Rebels to get back on track.

The Lions took advantage of four Rebels miscues to grab a 5-2 lead. Then it was back to business for South, which scored 13 of the next 16 points for a 15-8 advantage. From there, Hyatt added two more aces and Steiner had the match-ending kill.

South had 19 aces and 17 kills compared to just two aces and two kills for Walkersville.

"This kind of match will give us confidence for the next game," Hyatt said. "Hopefully we can keep everything going and keep winning."

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