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Hubs sweep away city rival

September 20, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

North Hagerstown got the upper hand in the intracity volleyball rivalry by sweeping South Hagerstown 25-12, 25-19, 25-8 on Tuesday night at North Hagerstown.

"We started off a little flat in the first game," North Hagerstown coach Megan Crawford said. "Our third game was the best game of the night. We came out with a lot more intensity."

Jen Bowlus had 16 service points and nine digs, while Karli Powers had 13 service points and 12 digs for the Hubs (5-1). Brooke Powell had 17 digs and six kills, Hannah Boward had 15 assists, Kate Zimmer had nine kills, nine service points and three blocks and Kierra Nelson had eight kills and three blocks for the Hubs.

South (0-4) was giving North a battle at the beginning of the match, trailing 11-10 midway through the first game before Bowlus delivered 10 straight service points to give the Hubs a commanding 21-10 lead.

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"I just served and hoped that we would get the points," Bowlus said. "All of us served pretty good tonight and serving is the key. We were all there backing each other up."

"Jen Bowlus came in and got the 10-point run to get the team up to get the victory," Crawford said. "It gave us a big spark."

Zimmer recorded the final three points of the first game and Kierra Nelson had a game-ending block for the Hubs.

Bowlus came up with six consecutive service points in the early part of the second game to give the Hubs an 8-1 advantage.

The Rebels came back to tie the score at 18-18 before Powers got five service points in a row to extend the Hubs' lead and put the game away.

Zimmer reeled off a string of six service points to help the Hubs go up 8-1 in the third game. Powers got the last six service points and Nelson came through with a match-ending block to seal the sweep.

"We played well as a team," Bowlus said. "As the match progressed, we got more pumped up. We have been waiting to play them all season. It is the match that we look forward to the most. I know that we are going to be excited to play them at their gym."

Chelsea Weaver had six service points for the Rebels.

North also swept the JV match 25-9, 25-17.

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