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No. 2 Hubs sweep up rival Rebels

October 13, 2006|by CHRIS CARTER / Staff Correspondent

The North Hagerstown volleyball team packed the brooms when it crossed town to take on South Hagerstown in an MVAL Antietam matchup Thursday night.

South was close at times, but the No. 2 Hubs were strong late in each game to notch a 25-17, 25-19, 25-17 sweep.

The Rebels (3-7, 2-3) came closest to knocking off North in the second game. South ran off five straight points to pull to within one at 19-18, but the Hubs (10-1, 5-0) scored six of the last seven for the win. North had three spurts of four or more straight points in the game, one better than South.

"Give credit to South. They were all over the court and played hard," said North coach Megan Crawford. "There was a lot of us scoring five points, then they would come right back with four or five to keep it close."

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South also got to within one late in the third game. The Rebels got kills by Kaitlyn Beard and Katie Moyseenko to make it 16-15. But North went on another run, scoring seven straight points behind the serve of Karli Powers and won it on a kill by Kelly Toms.

The run was kept alive after Brooke Powell reached with her fist to save a ball from going out of bounds. It went over the net and South had no play on it.

"We always just try to push for more," said Powell, who had eight kills. "We always stay together as a team and try to keep going. It's what we've done all season."

Four of Powell's kills came in the first game, in which North's attackers appeared to be at their best. The Hubs scored 13 points via kills or blocks and Powell had two aces.

"We always get pumped up for North-South games," Powell said. "We're pumped for all of our games, but we were really excited about this one."

The Hubs' sweep is the second this season against South and fifth overall.

"We played better tonight, but we still didn't play our game," said South coach Chuck Weaver. "There were key times when we gave up."

Kate Zimmer had team highs of 14 kills, five blocks and 11 digs for the Hubs. Hannah Boward had 14 assists, Kierra Nelson had four blocks and Jen Bowlus had 10 digs. Powers had 12 service points and eight assists.

Brittany Hyatt had 18 assists for the Rebels. Rebecca Pearl had six kills and Beard added five.

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