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Warriors defend their home turf

November 10, 2005|by DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

BOONSBORO - The preliminaries are over. The stage is set for Williamsport-Boonsboro IV, with the Maryland Class 1A state volleyball title likely at stake.

Jessica Ambrose, Caitlyn Selby, Kasi Harris, Kim Snavely, Lia VanCleave and Kirby Taylor - all of them seniors who are making their last run at a state title - all came up huge on Wednesday night as the Warriors swept strong-attacking Southern Garrett 25-8, 25-20, 25-21 in the Class 1A West semifinals.

While Boonsboro (14-1) took care of its business, Williamsport (12-3) traveled to Cumberland and impressively dismantled top-seed Fort Hill in three games to set up a rematch of last year's 1A West final, won by the Wildcats in five intense games. Boonsboro will host the final Saturday at a time to be determined.

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"With our senior class, we're so determined," said Ambrose, a two-time Herald-Mail All-Area First Team selection for whom, like most of the Warriors, playoff success is the only thing missing on her high school resume. "We've set our goals, and this is it."

We really gained confidence from beating Williamsport twice this year, and we have to keep the ball rolling."

"There's going to be a lot of enthusiasm and energy from both sides," Boonsboro coach Christy Faller said. "We definitely earned the right to be where we are at right now, and we're going to have a competitive game."

Ambrose had 17 assists, 11 digs and nine kills against the Rams. Her top attacking target on Wednesday was Selby, who missed much of the regular season for undisclosed reasons before returning late in October. Selby had 12 kills and six digs.

I've been waiting for this day for so long, and it's finally here," Selby said, referring to the upcoming regional final. "We're going to take it. We have everything, hitters, setters, back-row specialists.

"We need to concentrate on playing as a team. Last year we played as individuals and got too cocky. We thought we had it and we really didn't. We have everything it takes, we just have to play as a team."

Harris had nine blocks, seven kills and four aces, doing for Boonsboro on the inside what Selby accomplished outside. VanCleave had 15 assists and seven digs, Kim Snavely continued her fantastic multi-dimensional play with 14 digs and six kills, and Kirby Taylor had nine digs as the Warriors contained Southern's dangerous attacking trio of Sarah Stephens, Chelsea Wassell and Randi Bennett.

"They had a nice quick offense, quick tips and quick swings," Faller said. "They caught us off-guard sometimes, but defensively we were able to stay on our toes and make the play."

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