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Wildcats still have Warriors' number

No. 5 Williamsport pulls out thrilling five-game victory over No. 1 Boonsboro

No. 5 Williamsport pulls out thrilling five-game victory over No. 1 Boonsboro

September 30, 2005|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT - It may not be possible to play a closer volleyball match than that played Thursday night between the No. 5 Williamsport Wildcats and the No. 1 Boonsboro Warriors.

The Wildcats had to go right down to the wire to squeeze past the Warriors, 25-21, 12-25, 25-23, 18-25, 15-13. Both teams now have 6-1 records.

"It was awesome," Williamsport coach Emily Crabtree said. "It was volleyball at its best, at some points. Momentum came in small spurts for both teams, excluding the second game. We were definitely two evenly matched teams. ... Tonight, it was back and forth. Point here, point there."

"This was a match of two excellent volleyball teams," Boonsboro coach Christy Faller said. "When it came down to the end, it was very close. We made some errors. We have room to improve. One thing about our team is there is never a lack of effort. We had several people step up tonight. We'll look forward to our next match with Williamsport."

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Senior middle hitter Emily Malott came through with the match-ending kill to seal the win for the Wildcats.

Senior setter Lea Drury had 53 assists, 11 service points and eight aces, while Lacie Johnson had 24 kills and 22 digs for Williamsport. Malott had 33 digs and eight kills, while Emily Cook tallied 15 digs and nine kills. Jessica Bennett had 28 digs and six kills, Ashley Plume had 18 digs and Lauren Brown added seven kills.

Boonsboro senior defensive specialist Kim Snavely made offense her specialty on Thursday night with 30 service points to go along with 13 digs. Snavely served 13 straight service points at the beginning of the second game to give Boonsboro a 14-4 lead.

Jessica Ambrose showcased her all-around skills with 22 assists, 14 service points, 10 kills, 10 digs and seven aces for the Warriors. Tara Garver added 19 kills and four aces, while Kasi Harris had 10 blocks, nine kills and eight digs.

JV: Williamsport, 25-17, 25-15.

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