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Cats' experience pays off

September 07, 2007|By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT - The stuffy gymnasium was not the only reason Williamsport's and Thomas Johnson's volleyball teams were sweating on Thursday night.

The Wildcats and Patriots were involved in tight battles during all three games.

Williamsport managed to take all three to sweep TJ, 25-22, 26-24, 31-29.

"I was amazed at how composed we were tonight, being so early in the season," Wildcats coach Emily Crabtree said. "We didn't quit when we were down. I was very pleased with our team play. If our seniors keep showing their leadership, everything should fall into place. I am sure with the experienced players that we have on this team, I can expect hard-fought, never-quit consistent play."

Lindsey Kneisley tallied 17 service points and six aces, while Christine Barnes added 22 assists for Williamsport (2-0). Jess Ellis had 17 digs, Hailee Growden had 12 kills, three blocks and three aces, Katie Koontz had nine kills and three blocks and Cayla Broadwater added eight kills and four blocks.

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Melanie Springer had 12 service points and nine assists, and Stacey Niehoff also had 12 service points for the Patriots (0-2). Chelsea VanBuskirk had five kills and Anne McShea added four.

"Obviously, they are a very good team," TJ coach Jim Dorsch said. "They played very well. We are a very young team and the experience factor for them might have been the difference. We made some critical serving errors in both Game 2 and 3. They took advantage of them and that was the difference in the match. They have real good middle hitters. They score a lot of their points out of their middle."

Barnes helped the Wildcats wrap up the first game with four service points to win the game, including a game-ending kill by Broadwater.

Brittany Malott served the game point for Williamsport in the second game and it was aided by a game-ending kill by Growden.

During the third game, Broadwater served for the last two points and Growden got another game-ending kill to seal the match for the Wildcats.

Williamsport also won the JV match 21-25, 25-15, 15-7.

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