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HCC sweeps, stays undefeated

Staff Correspondent

Staff Correspondent

September 17, 2005|By JACK HILL III

Hagerstown Community College remained unbeaten with a 30-19, 30-21, 30-15 victory over the College of Southern Maryland in Maryland JuCo Conference volleyball action Friday at the HCC athletic complex.

HCC (17-0, 3-0) had some problems with its serving, but got bailed out of trouble by sophomore middle hitter Katie Spoonire, who had 16 service points, nine kills and six digs.

"In a game where we weren't that strong offensively, serving can be the key thing that allows you to get back into the match," Spoonire said. "It all starts with serving. If you can't serve, then you can't score points. I always think about that every time that I go to the line. Placement can be more important than power. You try to find one of the other team's weak spots and you try to serve it there."

Lindsay Plotner had 12 kills, 10 digs and five blocks for HCC, while Staci Grabill had 32 assists, Savanah Wetzel had 12 service points and 12 digs and Karey Toms had 15 digs and seven kills.

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"It was a good victory, but my team didn't play as well as they could have played," HCC coach Beth Domenico said. "Serving hurt us. The team has good unity and that is what keeps them together on the court, even when they are not playing well. We're definitely going to need to work on serving and covering our hitters. Our team has been playing very consistently, but we still need some improvement in a few areas."

Spoonire snapped a 13-13 tie in the first game with seven straight service points to give HCC the lead for good at 20-13.

Spoonire sealed HCC's win in the second game with a game-ending kill.

Spoonire served three points in a row early in the third game to give HCC a 15-5 advantage and later added four consecutive points to boost the lead to 26-12. Toms had a match-ending kill to complete the sweep of Southern Maryland (11-9, 2-1).

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