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Boonsboro moves into semis with win

November 07, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO - Having not played a volleyball match for 13 days, the Boonsboro Warriors were a bit rusty at the outset but overcame the slow start and proceeded to sweep Westmar 25-14, 25-13, 25-10 in a Maryland Class 1A West quarterfinal match Monday night.

Boonsboro advances to the semifinals to play at top-seeded Southern Garrett on Wednesday.

"It has been a long time since we had a match," Boonsboro coach Christy Faller said. "Once we made it through that first game, we were able to get back into it again."

The Warriors got the first two points in the first game. After the Wildcats got a point on a sideout, Holly Williams reeled off six straight service points to give Westmar (4-12) a 7-2 lead over Boonsboro (10-5). The Wildcats eventually increased their advantage to 11-3 before the Warriors got a point on a sideout.

Junior Tara Garver then came through with 15 consecutive service points, including seven aces, to give Boonsboro a 19-11 advantage. Karley Kaetzel had the final four service points and Katie Gantz had a game-ending kill to seal the first-game win.

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Boonsboro pretty much dominated the rest of the match.

Garver, an All-MVAL First Team selection last year, used her jump serve to collect 23 service points, including 12 aces.

"Even though we got down early, we still stuck together as a team," Garver said. "That helped us pull out the match. It felt pretty good to get 15 points in a row. After that, we just did what we could to win."

Kaetzel had eight service points and six digs, while senior Jerica Hewett added six kills for Boonsboro. Brynn Arnone and Gantz had four kills each for the Warriors.

"We have been doing a lot of team building in practice," Faller said. "Tonight was an excellent example of everyone contributing to the win. We're looking forward to the progression through the rest of the playoffs. Our serving was definitely a strong point for us this evening. That sparked our offense."

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