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Anne Arundel no match for HCC in sweep

September 28, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

When the Hagerstown Community College volleyball team had trouble serving on Wednesday, sophomore Karey Toms fixed it.

Toms' 17 service points and 10 aces helped the Hawks sweep the Anne Arundel Pioneers 30-19, 30-13, 30-6 in a Maryland JuCo match at the HCC athletic complex.

"I guess I was just focused and I concentrated on getting my serves in," Toms said. "It was pretty good that I got 10 aces. I was surprised. ... We had a lot of intensity the whole way through (the match)."

"We started off sluggish with our serving," HCC coach Beth Domenico said. "We really came on in the third game. I think Karey stepped up her game tonight. She has a very tough role this year being the only sophomore. A lot of the players look up to her for leadership. She is definitely the kind of player that can handle that role."

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Toms ranked eighth in the country with an average of 1.048 aces per game before the match, and that average will go up after Wednesday. Toms, the only returning starter back from last year's 49-2 Hawks team, added nine kills.

"I think we have a lot of potential to do well the rest of the season and go to nationals," Toms said. "We have a lot of talent. ... We have a little way to go, if we want to go to nationals. I'm pleased with the depth that we have on our team."

Kayla Martin had five aces and nine service points, Jessica Ambrose had 11 service points and Lauren Brown added eight service points for HCC (13-4, 6-0).

Ambrose had 13 assists, Lea Drury seven and Martin six. Sammi Snodderly had eight digs and seven kills, Kim Snavely had 12 digs and Caitlyn Selby added eight kills.

The Hawks are ranked 14th in NJCAA Division II this week, the third straight week HCC is in the top 15.

Toms' four consecutive aces in the second game gave the Hawks a 23-10 lead. Toms added six straight service points, including three aces, in the third game as HCC raced to a 7-0 advantage.

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