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Ambrose sets HCC straight in Cecil sweep

September 06, 2007|By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

Jessica Ambrose is Hagerstown Community College's version of a straight man.

Her entire job revolves setting things up for the punchline from the Hawks' big hitters.

Ambrose went back to work on Wednesday as the sophomore setter dished out 41 assists to help the HCC volleyball team to a 30-11, 30-19, 30-10 sweep of Cecil in a Maryland JuCo Conference match.

"I have to give credit to the passing," said Ambrose, who had 744 assists last season to lead HCC to the Region XX championship. "It helps to have so many consistent hitters that you can rely on. I think we have a lot of potential to go far this year. Each girl on the team is very athletic. I think it helps out a lot having so much experience, because we have so many leaders on the floor. We can pick each other up."

Ambrose is continuing to do it again this year as she currently ranks eighth nationally with 10.5 assists per game. She added 16 service points and three aces, four digs and three kills Wednesday for HCC (13-1, 1-0), which was ranked No. 20 in the NJCAA preseason volleyball poll.

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She gave the Hawks the burst they needed to put the match away. HCC led 7-5 in the third game until Ambrose got seven straight service points to boost the lead to 14-5 before coasting to the 20-point victory.

Freshman hitter Magda Tekiel collected 17 kills, nine service points and five aces for HCC. Kim Snavely added 14 digs and 13 service points, while Sammi Snodderly had 10 service points and seven digs for HCC. Ashley Arentz had 12 kills and six digs, Brittany Horn added six kills and two aces and Nikki Wirth had four kills for HCC.

"It was a great home opener for the team to start the season off," HCC coach Beth Domenico said. "The girls were very excited to play at home after two good tournament wins. I think tonight was a good opportunity for us to practice on some of our plays. I can see the girls getting better and better with every day that we play and practice."

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