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Will magic '8' ball reveal success for Hawks?

August 29, 2005|By JACK HILL III

"Eight Is Enough" was the title of a TV family show about eight kids during the late 1970s.

The eight players on the 2005 Hagerstown Community College volleyball team weren't even born then.

However, HCC coach Beth Domenico honestly believes that eight is enough for the Hawks to have another successful volleyball season.

"I think we have the personnel definitely to win the region again," Domenico said. "We have a chance, if everybody can stay healthy. We have a lot of talent spread out everywhere. Everyone will know their role because of the small numbers."

Six of the eight players on this year's team are from Washington County, while the other two come from Waynesboro, Pa.

The four returning sophomores are setter Staci Grabill (Williamsport), outside hitter Brittany Meadows (Smithsburg), defensive specialist and setter Savanah Wetzel (Waynesboro) and middle hitter Katie Spoonire (Williamsport).

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Last year, those four helped the Hawks repeat as both regular-season champions in the Maryland JuCo Conference and Region XX Tournament champions.

HCC finished 26-3 in 2004 and 12-0 in Maryland JuCo.

Sophomore middle hitter Lindsey Plotner (Williamsport) transferred from Alderson-Broaddus in West Virginia and gives the Hawks another experienced attacker.

The three incoming freshmen are outside hitter and setter Karey Toms (Waynesboro) and outside hitters Amanda Conway (Smithsburg) and Brooke Ward (North Hagerstown).

"The team as a whole seems to get along really well," Domenico said. "We'll definitely have sophomore leadership from those who definitely know what getting to nationals is all about. They can lead our team that way. We look like that we are pretty strong in the middle."

HCC opened its season on Saturday in the Pitt (N.C.) Tournament. The Hawks will participate in the Howard Dragon Invitational at Columbia, Md., from Sept. 3-5, before returning for their home opener on Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. against Harford. Domenico said the Hawks' strongest opponents will be Catonsville, College of Southern Maryland, Howard and Allegany.

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