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Hubs improve, Rebels still sweep

September 21, 2005|by CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

Kim Malphurs is seeing improvement.

Last week, her North Hagerstown volleyball team had trouble getting started.

Tuesday night, the Hubs were unable to finish.

No. 8 South Hagerstown made its rival pay with a 25-19, 25-21, 25-21 sweep.

The Hubs (1-4) led by at least three points in each game before finally succumbing to the senior-led Rebels.

"It's just the experience level," said Malphurs, whose team is comprised entirely of sophomores and juniors. "I'm seeing improvement every day. We had trouble finishing tonight, but we'll keep pushing."

With the Hubs leading 9-6 in the first game, South (4-1) reeled off nine of the next 13 points to claim a 15-13 advantage.

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North responded with three straight points before the Rebels - sparked by a pair of Chelsea Weaver aces and five Hubs errors - pulled away with a 10-3 run to take a 1-0 lead.

After three Amelia Plank service points (including two aces) gave North a 15-12 edge in Game 2, Katie Moyseenko replied with five straight service points to highlight a 13-6 run. Marisa Bender and Brittany Hyatt each had a pair of kills in the rally.

Hubs sophomore Kaitlin Zimmer (nine kills, six blocks, 13 digs) began to establish herself at the net early in the third game, pounding out six kills and leading North to a 17-13 advantage.

"She was so much more sure of herself out there tonight," said Malphurs of Zimmer. "She was much more confident, and all the girls were more aggressive on the net."

But, as was the case in the first two games, North's lead was short-lived. China Miller's four straight service points led an 8-2 South run for a 21-19 edge, before Hyatt and Miller finished it with kills for the last two South points.

We played much better tonight than we did Thursday night (against Williamsport)," said Rebels coach Chuck Weaver. "Coming off that tough loss, the girls were ready to play. We have a (strong) positive attitude, and senior leadership on this team. The girls never quit, and they never get down."

Hyatt finished with 15 kills, six assists and 12 digs for South, with Moyseenko adding 19 assists and Chelsea Weaver contributing 27 digs and seven kills.

Hannah Boward had 13 assists for North. The Hubs won the JV contest, 2-0.

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