Rebels make their points from line to halt Leopards

October 03, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

The South Hagerstown volleyball team found itself in a deep hole.

So the Rebels just dug deeper to get out of it.

South battled to the end in the last two games Monday to pull out a 25-15, 13-25, 25-23, 25-22 victory over Smithsburg.

"I was proud of the girls," said South Hagerstown coach Chuck Weaver. "We didn't play as well as I wanted to, but we played with a lot of heart and that was what won the match. When we needed a point, everybody came through for us. We were lacking intensity in the second game. But then we were able to come back after that."

Chelsea Weaver led the Rebels with 19 digs, 13 service points and five kills, while Katie Moyseenko collected 19 service points and 10 digs for South Hagerstown (3-5). Brittany Hyatt added 25 assists and 13 digs, while Mar'ke Cosley had eight kills.


Sophomore Valerie Smith had 23 service points, 25 assists and seven service aces for Smithsburg (2-6). Casey Lowe added 12 service points and 11 digs, Laura Steenburg had 13 digs and seven kills and Nikki Seifert had six kills.

"I think that we came out looking a little bit flat tonight," Smithsburg coach Rachel Bachtell said. "You can't do that against a team like South Hagerstown. Hopefully, we can learn from this experience and continue improvement. I keep telling my girls: 'It's not where you start, it's where you finish.'"

With the match tied at 1-1, South Hagerstown snapped a 4-4 tie in the third game when Moyseenko collected five consecutive service points to take a 9-4 lead. On the Rebels' sideout, Weaver added four straight service points to increase the advantage to 14-6.

Smithsburg fought back as Lowe scored seven straight service points to enable the Leopards to tie the score at 14-14. Smithsburg got the lead three times late in the game, the last time at 23-21.

However, South Hagerstown got a sideout and Moyseenko served out the game with three points to win the third game for the Rebels.

The Leopards started off the fourth game with a 5-0 lead when Smith had a string of five service points.

But the Rebels eventually tied the score at 9-9 when Moyseenko reeled off four consecutive service points.

After a few lead changes, the Rebels eventually took the lead for good at 18-15 on four straight service points by freshman Rebecca Pearl.

South Hagerstown swept the JV match, 25-23, 25-20.

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