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Warriors get down to work

November 08, 2005|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO - Even though the Boonsboro Warriors won the MVAL Antietam title with a 7-0 conference record, they know there is more work to be done.

In their first playoff match, the Warriors quickly swept the Beall Mountaineers 25-3, 25-11, 25-19 on Monday night in a Maryland Class 1A West quarterfinal.

No. 2-seed Boonsboro (14-1) will host Southern Garrett in the semifinals Wednesday night at 6:30.

"We came out strong," Boonsboro coach Christy Faller said. "I was happy to see that we continued to play up to our level. ... We definitely have all of the potential that we need and all of the enthusiasm that we need, as long as we stay healthy and stay together as a team."

Lia VanCleave started off Game 1 with seven of her nine service points for Boonsboro. Senior Kim Snavely, who finished with 12 service points and six digs, had 11 straight later in the game, including five aces, as the Warriors built a 21-2 lead.

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"I just concentrated," Snavely said. "I just kept my mind focused on the game. Concentration is the main factor. All of the seniors know that we have to win. If we lose, that's it, we're done. So, we have to pick it up. Overall, I think we played really well. We need to carry the momentum into Wednesday night."

Kirby Taylor had 10 straight service points in Game 2 to help Boonsboro erase a 7-5 deficit.

Sophomore Katie Gantz added six of her eight service points in Game 3 to help the Warriors take a 14-7 lead.

Van Cleave finished with 15 assists and five digs, while Gantz had six aces, six kills and five digs for Boonsboro. Sophomore Tara Garver added six kills, six assists and four digs, while Caitlyn Selby had five kills.

"This is our first time in a new rotation," Faller said. "The team did a nice job adjusting. We're looking forward to Wednesday night's match."

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