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Wildcats dig sweep of Rebels

September 16, 2005|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

Whenever South Hagerstown attempted a kill, Williamsport was usually there to dig it up.

The strong defensive play enabled the No. 5 Wildcats to quickly sweep their volleyball match against the No. 8 Rebels 25-11, 25-9, 25-13 on Thursday night.

Senior outside hitter Sammi Snodderly, a three-year starter, had 20 digs, 11 service points and 10 kills to lead Williamsport (2-1).

"Defense was definitely the key for us to winning tonight's match," Snodderly said. "We were all on our toes on defense, instead of being flat-footed. We pretty much picked up every ball tonight. We struggled on defense when we lost to TJ last week. We have been practicing hard on defense all week."

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Snodderly said the Wildcats were prepared for South (3-1).

"We came in knowing that they would be very good competition of ours," Snodderly said. "They were going to be a big match for us, so we knew that we would have to step it up. We have got some other tough matches, so we have to keep it going. I think that we all pulled together really well tonight. The middle hitters really picked it up when we needed it."

Lea Drury had 24 assists, 16 service points and six aces for the Wildcats, while Jessica Bennett had 14 digs and 13 service points and Lacie Johnson and Lauren Brown had five kills each.

"It feels good," Williamsport coach Emily Crabtree said. "We really clicked as a team. I think that our serves gave South a fit. Our serves were really on tonight. We played tough defense and we were able to dig up South's hard hits. There wasn't really a standout person. It was a total team effort. Everybody stepped in and contributed in some way."

During the first game, Bennett chalked up seven consecutive service points to enable Williamsport to build a 14-5 lead. The Wildcats sealed the win when Drury finished the game with six straight service points.

In the second game, Snodderly tallied five service points to help Williamsport take a 15-6 advantage. Drury once again had a fine game-ending performance with five service points in a row, including a game-ending ace.

The Rebels took a 6-2 lead in the third game, but the Wildcats outscored the Rebels 23-7 for the rest of the game to seal the match. Bennett had five straight service points and Snodderly added four straight to spark the Wildcats.

JV: Williamsport, 2-0.

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