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Rockets stay guided, blast off on Maidens

September 27, 2005|By CHRIS CARTER /Staff Correspondent

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - With a rematch with rival Greencastle looming, James Buchanan coach Erica Piper was afraid that the Rockets might look past an inexperienced, but talented, Waynesboro team.

"I know the girls are looking forward to the big game on Thursday," Piper said. "I was a little worried we might lose our concentration."

It didn't take long for those worries to be put to rest as JB sprinted to leads in each of the three games and never looked back in a 25-11, 25-12, 25-12 a sweep of the Maidens on Monday night.

It is the first of two tuneups for JB before its showdown with the Blue Devils.

"I was pleased with the way we played for a Monday night game," Piper said. "Sometimes we can be a little flat in these games, but we were able to run the offense well and be effective."

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Waynesboro (1-6) scored its first four points of the match on James Buchanan errors, but it mattered little because the Rockets had already registered 13 points. JB (9-1) cruised through the rest of the first game with Amy Heisey and Jess Snyder leading the way with three kills each.

Heisey had just six kills at night's end, but chipped in with four blocks. Snyder finished the match with 13 kills.

The Rockets continued to roll in the second game behind the serves of Heisey and Leah Witter. Heisey served six straight points to give JB a 13-5 lead and Witter finished the game with seven straight points.

Witter has been working double duty for the Rockets, playing on both the JV and varsity teams.

"Leah is a consistent server and we've been able to work her into the mix a little bit more," Piper said. "I think she's going to be able to help us a lot down the road."

Following suit from the first two games, JB got off to another quick start and led, 13-4. This time the Rockets took advantage of 15 errors by the Maidens to seize control.

"It happens a lot that we get in a hole and try to dig ourselves out," Waynesboro coach Lori Brooks said. "By the time we can get back into it, we just give it back. We don't handle being down well."

Waynesboro had trouble stringing together a productive offensive series. The Maidens never scored more than three consecutive points - a sequence that occurred just once a game.

Paige Tanner led Waynesboro with 10 digs, while Danielle Roxby and Gillian Hollen each had four blocks. Tanner, Roxby, Hollen and Caitlin Toth each had three kills.

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