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No. 1 Williamsport prevails in battle of unbeatens

September 21, 2007|By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

The No. 1 Williamsport volleyball team remained unbeaten by handing No. 4 Hagerstown its first loss of the season Thursday night, 25-18, 25-27, 25-22, 25-21.

"We knew that we were going to have our work cut out for us when we walked in here tonight," Williamsport coach Emily Crabtree said. "We were up to the challenge. Our passing game was decent tonight. So we were able to move the ball around and use all of our different hitting options. We came together as a team when we needed to. We had a little letdown in Game 2, but the girls were able to battle back."

Six-foot-1 junior middle hitter Cayla Broadwater had 15 service points, 15 kills and nine blocks for visiting Williamsport (5-0).

"I focused a lot on my serving, and I didn't worry about anything else," Broadwater said. "The coach always tells us to get the ball in play, and that is what I did. I just wanted to be aggressive with everything that I did at the net, and I wanted to be ready for the ball. Communication was the key to the victory tonight. Everybody was talking a lot."

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Christine Barnes contributed 22 assists, 12 service points and five aces, while Lindsey Kneisley had 17 assists and 13 service points for the Wildcats. Katie Koontz finished with 15 kills and four blocks, while Hailee Growden added 14 kills for Williamsport. Jessica Ellis had 19 digs and Brittany Malott added eight service points in the victory.

Six-foot-3 senior middle hitter Kate Zimmer had 18 kills, 12 digs and seven blocks for North (5-1). Hannah Boward chipped in with 24 assists and nine service points, while Amelia Plank came up with 11 digs for the Hubs. Minta Lovell added eight kills and Courtney Bowlus had eight service points for North.

"We played well in spurts," North coach Megan Crawford said. "We were up and then we were down. We were playing against a good team and when you get down, it is not easy to come back. My girls played hard tonight. We had good defense. Our serve-receive broke down at times."

With the match tied at 1-1, the Hubs held a 20-14 lead in the third game. But the Wildcats outscored the Hubs 11-2 the rest of the game to get the win. Barnes had a string of four points during the rally.

The Hubs were on top 19-17 in the fourth game, but Williamsport outscored North 8-2 the rest of the way for the victory. The Wildcats got a sideout and a string of five points by Broadwater. The Wildcats got another sideout and then a service ace by Kneisley to seal the match.

JV: Williamsport, 2-1.

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