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No. 1 Warriors remain perfect

September 21, 2005|by DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

SMITHSBURG - After the first game of Tuesday's volleyball clash between No. 1 Boonsboro and No. 7 Smithsburg, the Leopards looked like they were ready to upset the Warriors.

If only Smithsburg had played the same way in the next three games.

Instead, the Leopards became error-prone while the Warriors turned to what they've done best for the last three years - play great defense and minimize mistakes. The result was a workmanlike 22-25, 25-9, 25-19, 25-21 victory that kept Boonsboro undefeated.

"They did look nervous the first game," Warriors coach Christy Faller said of her squad. "Once they settled down and started communicating, they played well."

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Boonsboro (4-0) held a 10-6 lead in Game 1, before Smithsburg (3-2) ripped off 14 of the next 17 points to take a stunning 20-13 lead. The Warriors rallied behind Kasi Harris' six straight service points (two on aces) to tie it at 20-20, but four errors sunk Boonsboro in the end.

"We didn't just play good the first game, we played great," Leopards coach Rachel Bachtell said.

But Smithsburg failed to maintain the momentum, committing 44 errors in the next three games combined, giving Boonsboro 58.7 percent of its points in those three games. The Warriors' defense had something to do with it, as their back line made it difficult for Smithsburg's attackers to find any holes.

"The second, third and fourth game, we lost our focus. Boonsboro's a great team and they play great defense," Bachtell said. "We made too many errors tonight to get a win. We need to learn how to play with intensity for all four games."

Jessica Ambrose had 19 assists, 10 digs, four kills and three aces, Katie Harris had six kills, four blocks and six digs, Tara Garver had eight kills, Kim Snavely had 12 digs and Katie Gantz had five blocks for the Warriors.

Kenzie Bowen had 11 kills and six digs, Molly Powell and Teonna Jewell had five kills each, Powell had nine digs and Kayla Martin had 26 assists for Smithsburg.

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