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JuCo three-peat

Hawks clinch third straight conference volleyball title

Hawks clinch third straight conference volleyball title

October 20, 2005|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

The Hagerstown Community College volleyball team clinched its third consecutive Maryland JuCo Conference regular-season title Wednesday by sweeping Montgomery College/Rockville 30-11, 30-10, 30-11 at the HCC athletic complex.

It was the final home match for five HCC sophomores and they made sure they went out in style, staying perfect in the conference standings at 11-0 and improving their overall record to 43-2.

"This was a very emotional win, because it was the sophomores' last home game," HCC coach Beth Domenico said. "The team this year has really stayed focused through all of their games. They are a team that does not let any situation get them down."

Savanah Wetzel had 23 digs, 15 service points and five aces for HCC, which is ranked No. 19 in the NJCAA volleyball poll. Twelve of Wetzel's points came in the first game, setting the tone for the Hawks' quick sweep of the Knights.

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"I didn't do anything different with my serving," Wetzel said. "I just did my serving in the normal way. It helped us to get that big lead and it felt good. It pumped us up for the rest of the games. Everybody clicked as a whole team. It was beautiful."

Staci Grabill had 43 assists, 24 points and six digs, while Lindsey Plotner came up with 22 kills, nine digs and eight points for HCC. Katie Spoonire added 10 points, seven kills and seven digs, while Karey Toms had 10 kills and nine digs for HCC.

Grabill served for the first eight points of the second game. Grabill later added five points in a row to boost the Hawks' lead to 26-7.

Spoonire served nine points in a row in the third game to give the Hawks a 16-6 advantage. Grabill later tacked on eight consecutive points to raise the lead to 27-9.

"This has been a dedicated bunch of players," Domenico said. "They are getting along very well together both on and off the court."

The Hawks will try for their third straight Region XX Tournament title at Catonsville Oct. 29-30.

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