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Rebels us comeback to floor Hubs

October 14, 2005|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

The North Hagerstown High School gymnasium floor has been under reconstruction for slightly more than half of this fall sports season.

The gymnasium became available just in time for Thursday night's MVAL Antietam volleyball match between the North Hagerstown Hubs and the South Hagerstown Rebels.

But it was the Rebels that made themselves at home on the Hubs' floor as they took the full limit of five games to win the match 25-9, 20-25, 22-25, 25-20 and 15-4.

"Any victory is a great victory," South Hagerstown coach Chuck Weaver said. "We obviously played great ball in games one to five. That is what we need to do. Teamwork was the key to us pulling out the victory tonight. We finally got it together."

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It appeared that the Hubs (3-6, 2-1) were going to win the match against the Rebels (8-4, 4-1) as they won the second and third games to lead two games to one in the match.

The Hubs were getting even closer to match victory when they led by a slim 16-15 margin during the fourth game.

Senior Lindsay Steiner then had four straight service points to put the Rebels ahead 19-16 to give them the lead for good in both the game and the match.

"I'm just so proud of everybody for not giving up," Steiner said. "We didn't let ourselves get down. We knew to look out for North. We knew that they were going to come back. I think that they were prepared."

During the deciding fifth game, sophomore Brittany Hyatt served the first four points for South. Marisa Bender and China Miller also put together strings of four straight service points each to give the Rebels a 14-2 advantage. After the Hubs got a pair of points, the Rebels got the game point on Caitlin Nicewarner's match-ending kill.

Hyatt came through with a triple-double - 20 assists, 20 digs and 13 service points. Chelsea Weaver had 20 digs, nine kills and seven service points, while Miller had 17 service points, eight kills and eight blocks for South. Bender had 15 digs and 13 service points, Steiner added 12 blocks and eight service points and Nicewarner had eight kills and four blocks for the Rebels.

Kate Zimmer had 12 kills, 11 digs and six blocks for North. Minta Lovell had 14 service points and six aces, while Hannah Boward contributed 13 assists and eight service points for the Hubs. Brooke Powell added 10 digs and four kills, while Kierra Nelson had four kills and three blocks for the Hubs.

"We had South several times," North coach Kim Malphurs said. "We just lost momentum and made crucial serve-receive errors. I am very proud of our progress. We are setting our sights towards the playoffs."

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