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Leopards top North Hagerstown

September 09, 2005|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

SMITHSBURG - Bigger doesn't always mean better.

Just ask Smithsburg coach Rachel Bachtell.

The Smithsburg Leopards overcame a height disadvantage to win Thursday night's volleyball match over the North Hagerstown Hubs, 25-15, 24-26, 25-19, 25-17.

"I'm proud of our girls," Bachtell said. "They are small in size, but they are big in heart. They make up for their lack of size with their heart and determination."

Kenzie Bowen had 17 kills and 12 service points for Smithsburg (2-0).

"Kenzie Bowen is our tallest starter at 5-foot-7," Bachtell added. "Kenzie Bowen is a phenomenal player. She leads by example and she never gives up. She is a good player to have on your team."

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Kayla Martin had 31 assists, Jenny Nalley had 12 points and seven kills, Laura Steenburg added 11 points and seven kills and Molly Powell had 12 points for the Leopards.

Kate Zimmer had 19 kills and six blocks for North Hagerstown (0-2). Kelly Toms had 17 digs and nine points, while Hannah Boward added 22 assists.

"We're a young team starting out," North Hagerstown coach Kim Malphurs said. "With only three returning varsity players, we have our work cut out for us. Smithsburg is always a challenge when you come up against them."

The Leopards came back from a 23-15 deficit in the second game to tie the score at 24-24. The Hubs scored the next two points to win the game, but Bachtell said she looked at that as a turning point for her team.

"We were down by eight points and we came back to make it a close game," Bachtell said. "That momentum carried over into the third game."

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