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Wildcats cut Leopards out with the pass (10-9)

October 10, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT - When Williamsport and Smithsburg meet on the volleyball court, close matches are expected.

It's been that way in recent history. On Monday, the games were closer than the match.

The Wildcats got the upperhand in every game to post a 25-20, 25-19, 25-23 sweep of the Leopards.

"Every game was close," Williamsport coach Emily Crabtree said. "You can't get much closer than that. It feels good to win three close, tough games. This is only our third sweep this season. We have had trouble finishing matches."

Lindsey Kneisley and Christine Barnes led Williamsport (7-4) with 10 service points and three aces each. Kneisley added 15 assists while Barnes added 14 assists. Jessica Bennett collected 11 digs and six kills, while Cayla Broadwater had nine kills and Katie Koontz and Brittany Horn added five kills each for Williamsport.

"I think we played Williamsport a pretty tight three games," Smithsburg coach Rachel Bachtell said.

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"I am proud of the fact that my girls did not give up when we were down two games to none. We continued to battle back and we gave them a fight in the third game. I am hoping that mentality will pay off down the road."

Valerie Smith ended up with 17 assists, while Jenny Nalley got nine digs and seven kills for Smithsburg (3-7).

The Leopards leaped out to a 9-5 lead in the first game after Erika Mong served for four points in a row.

The Wildcats got a sideout and four points from Kneisley to take the lead at 10-9.

There were several lead changes until Williamsport took the lead for good at 19-17 when Hailee Growden got two points.

Bennett served the game point for the Wildcats.

Barnes scored five straight service points to enable Williamsport to get a 6-1 advantage to start the second game.

The Wildcats maintained the lead until Barnes finished the game off with an ace.

The third game was a see-saw affair.

Williamsport finally pushed ahead 23-21 when Growden once again came to the rescue with two points. The Wildcats got the match point on a sideout when Broadwater made a match-ending kill.

"Our passing game still needs work," Crabtree said. "At this point of the year, our passing should be on, but it is not. Passing has been one of our struggles this year."

Williamsport also swept Smithsburg in the JV match 25-15 and 25-17.

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