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Knights open season with sweep of Heritage

Knights open season with sweep of Heritage

August 29, 2007|By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

The Grace Academy volleyball team picked up right where it left off last year when they went undefeated in the regular season and finished fourth in the national Christian schools tournament.

The Knights opened up their 2007 season by sweeping Heritage Academy 25-13, 25-11, 25-22 on Thursday in a Mason-Dixon Christian Conference volleyball match.

The Eagles did put some pressure on the Knights in the third game, trailing 13-11 midway through the game. But senior Rebecca Morgan served six straight points to push the Grace lead to 19-11.

Heritage clawed back as Andrea Clark got four service points in a row to key a brief run as the Eagles closed the gap to 23-22.

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But the Knights got two points on a sideout and a service ace by Jamie Shurnitski to seal the match.

Morgan got team-high totals of 14 kills and five service aces to go along with 10 service points for the Knights. Morgan served for the final four points of the first-game victory, which included three aces.

"I just tried to change my serve up every time and do something different," Morgan said. "I just tried to catch them off guard. For our first match, I think we did really good."

"Rebecca Morgan's senior leadership is awesome," Grace coach Diana Serafini said. "She is always where she needs to be. She did a good job of talking and leading. She was using different approaches at the service line that threw them off."

Shurnitski closed the second game with eight straight service points, including three aces. Shurnitski finished with 27 assists, 12 service points and five aces.

"Jamie Shurnitski was a big key to our win today," Serafini said. "We run our 5-1 offense around her."

Lauren Cox got eight digs, while Kara Rudisill and Jennifer Waltz added five kills each for the Knights.

Callie Butts had seven assists and Morgan McIntire added three kills for the Eagles.

"We had good teamwork and we hustled. We defensed really well. We only missed two serves all day," Heritage coach Youngsook Anderson said.

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