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Warriors' drive runs over 'Cats

October 01, 2006|by CHRIS CARTER / Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO - No one on the Boonsboro volleyball team was concerned after the Warriors lost the opening game of their matchup with No. 3 Williamsport on Thursday night.

"We weren't worried," said Boonsboro senior Jerica Hewett. "We were still pretty confident, not overly confident, but we knew we could come back."

The confidence showed as Boonsboro became stronger as the match progressed to notch a 22-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-12 victory.

The Warriors' attack was well spread, led by Hewett and Katie Gantz, who each had nine kills. Emma Dalton had eight kills, Brynn Arnone added six and Tara Garver chipped in with four. Garver had 27 assists.

"It's good that we don't always have to go to one person. We have a lot of variety," said Boonsboro coach Christy Faller. "We have some that are powerful and some that can place it. In the fourth game we were able to get it to the right side and force them to adjust."

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The Warriors (5-2) ran away with the fourth game after squeaking by in the second and third games. Hewett served seven straight points in the clinching game and capped the match with her third ace. Jaime Donato also had three aces.

"Serving is something that we continually work on," Faller said. "We have to stay aggressive, but also make sure to get the ball over the net."

Boonsboro scored the first five points of the opening game, but Williamsport clawed back to tie the game three times before taking its first lead at 15-14. Jessica Bennett and Hailee Growden each had two kills down the stretch to lift the Wildcats (5-3).

The second game was knotted at 23-23 before Williamsport ended the game on two unforced errors.

"(After the first game) we were playing with confidence as a team," said Williamsport coach Emily Crabtree. "The second game went point-for-point for a while. They weren't making the mistakes and they won."

The teams traded points early in the third game until it was tied at 8-8. Then Boonsboro reeled off six straight points behind the Nalley's serve for a 14-8 lead. Dalton had a kill and two blocks as the Warriors took control and Karly Kaetzel had two aces late to seal the game.

"This year's team is different because they don't let too much effect them," Faller said. "We've been down this season and the girls always have a really good way of fighting back, like tonight."

Hewett added six blocks and 12 digs and the Gantz had 15 digs for the Warriors.

Bennett left midway through the third game, but finished with 10 kills for Williamsport. Growden also had 10 kills, while Brittany Horn had nine and a season-high eight blocks. Christine Barnes had 33 assists.

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