Hawks plot course to win behind Plotner

September 22, 2005|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

Lindsey Plotner's goal is simple.

She wants to provide net results for the Hagerstown Communiy College volleyball team.

Plotner had 26 digs, 17 service points, 10 kills, four aces and three blocks as HCC remained undefeated through 19 matches Wednesday with a 30-15, 30-19, 30-19 sweep of Howard in a Maryland JUCO Conference volleyball match at the HCC athletic complex.

"I was just thinking that I had to get my serves over and in, so that we can keep possession on our side," said HCC's 6-foot-1 middle hitter. "I think that my net play is one of my biggest assets and that is what I help out with on the team. It is kind of my job. I didn't want us to lose any momentum and get down on ourselves. So, I knew that I had to put some away to help out the team."

The Hawks (19-0, 5-0) went the extra mile to put away Howard.


"It was a really good Maryland JUCO win for us," HCC coach Beth Domenico said. "We knew that they had some good hitters and some good blockers. We worked really hard yesterday on covering our hitters. Our team did an excellent job of covering the hitters. Our overall play at the net was good tonight."

Karey Toms came up with 29 digs, 11 kills and eight service points, while Staci Grabill contributed 32 assists and 11 digs for HCC. Savanah Wetzel added 23 digs and 12 service points, Katie Spoonire got 20 digs and 10 kills and Brittany Meadows had nine service points for HCC.

Still, it was a matter of composure for the Hawks to beat Howard (16-6, 3-1).

"I thought that we worked real well together," Plotner said. "We never got down, even when we got behind by a few points. I thought that we played great defense and good defense always wins good games."

Howard was leading 14-10 during the third game when Wetzel had seven straight service points to give HCC the lead for good at 17-14. Plotner got a match-ending block to complete the sweep for HCC.

"I really like how, once the team got a sideout, we were able to put together a string of points on several different occasions," Domenico said.

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