WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport junior outside hitter Hailee Growden dedicated Thursday night's volleyball match to her great-grandmother, who recently passed away.
Growden had 17 service points, including eight aces, to help the Wildcats defeat South Hagerstown, 25-23, 16-25, 25-10, 25-18.
After Williamsport (2-1) and South (0-3) split the first two games, the Wildcats led 3-2 in the third game when Growden stepped to the service line. Her 13-point run sent the Wildcats on their way to victory.
"It felt really good to get all of those serves in," Growden said. "My great grandmother's death pushed me to do it. It encouraged the team to play their heart out. We eventually pulled it together and made it work. ... I took all of my anger out from the loss to South in the previous game with my hard serve."
"Hailee has a tough serve," Wildcats coach Emily Crabtree said. "When she is on, her serves are very hard to return. When somebody steps up to the service line and serves consistent like that, it helps the rest of your game fall into place. It made us relax and not be so tense."