HCC serves, protects its top ranking

October 05, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

Baltimore was at the service of the Hagerstown Commnity College volleyball team all night.

And that wasn't a good thing.

The Hawks controlled the Panthers from the service line on Wednesday to take a 30-9, 30-8, 30-8 sweep in a Maryland JuCo Conference match at the HCC athletic complex.

Kim Snavely led with 19 service points, 11 service aces and six digs for HCC (17-7, 7-0), the 20th-ranked team in this week's NJCAA Volleyball Division II Poll.

"I was just keeping my head in the game," Snavely said. "I was just trying to finish out that game. I got excited, but then they got a sideout which made the game more exciting. I was happy that my team was able to keep them under 10 for all three games. If we keep working hard, then I think that we can make it to nationals."


Lea Drury chipped in with 22 service points, nine service aces and nine assists for the Hawks. Sammi Snodderly added seven kills.

HCC led 12-7 in the second game but Snavely gave the Hawks a stranglehold by serving 16 consecutive points, including 11 aces.

Kayla Martin eventually sealed the game for the Hawks with an ace.

The Hawks were leading 13-7 in the third game when Drury also got a string of 16 service points, including seven aces, to enable HCC to increase its advantage to 29-7. HCC then got a sideout when Snodderly made a kill to seal the match.

"I just wanted to get the ball over the net," Drury said. "I think I did pretty well with my serving, except for the last one. Coach (Beth Dominico) told us to get our serves over. I think that we did pretty well as a team. We ran a lot of plays and they worked out pretty well."

With the match well in hand, Domenico was able to clear the bench and give every Hawks player ample playing time.

"I think the team had a good match and a lot of the players got to play in positions that they are not used to playing," Domenico said. "I think they handled it very well. Some of the reserves got an opportunity to play a little bit extra tonight and they did well. This was good preparation for our tournament this weekend in Waterford, Mich. It should be a pretty good tournament."

Not one player got more than one service point for Baltimore (0-4, 0-4).

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