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Hubs knock Wildcats off game, but not off victory

October 05, 2005|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT - By Williamsport coach Emily Crabtree's estimates, the Wildcats didn't play their best match.

Williamsport can save that match for another time. The one on Tuesday was still good enough to produce a 25-16, 25-21, 25-14 win over North Hagerstown.

"I have to give credit to North High," Crabtree said. "They played really good defense. I don't think we really played our best match tonight, but that is because of the way that North played against us. I think North gave us some fits. It was one of those matches where we were a little bit flat coming off of that big week last week."

Senior Ashley Plume had 13 service points and 11 digs for Williamsport (7-2).

"You can't win the game without good serving," Plume said. "You have to go back there and concentrate. You have to get the ball over and in."

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Setter Lea Drury had 21 assists, 12 digs and eight service points, while Emily Malott added nine service points and eight kills for No. 5 Williamsport. Sammi Snodderly had 16 digs and five kills, while Lacie Johnson had 12 digs and five kills for the Wildcats.

Hannah Boward got 16 assists and three aces, while Kate Zimmer had seven kills and four blocks for North (3-5).

"I thought that we played very well working on our defensive positions, which is coming together and that kept us in the match," North coach Kim Malphurs said. "I am very happy with the progress we made all-around against a team like Williamsport. It is a good test of our abilities and progress when you play against an experienced team like that."

Williamsport led 19-15 in the first game until Plume produced five straight service points to boost the lead to 24-15. Malott added a kill to end Game 1 for the Wildcats.

Williamsport led 22-21 in the second game until Plume served out the game with three straight points.

Plume added three consecutive points in the third game to give Williamsport a commanding 18-9 lead to seal the sweep.

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