Healthy Selby gives HCC boost

September 22, 2007|By JACK HILL III

Hagerstown Community College sophomore outside hitter Caitlyn Selby sprained the MCL in her left knee a month ago, took two weeks off and gradually practiced to get back into action.

On Friday night, Selby's six kills and seven service points helped the Hawks sweep the Essex Knights 30-10, 30-12, 30-13 in a Maryland JuCo volleyball match.

"It feels good to see myself play as good as I can," Selby said. "My vertical isn't what it could be, but it is getting there. Give me another week. ... In each game, I am getting a little bit better."

Selby's five straight service points - including two aces - in Game 2 gave the Hawks (18-1, 6-0) a 6-1 lead.


"I tried to start jump-serving again and I felt pretty comfortable with it," Selby said. "I have been a lot more consistent with my jump-serving than with my serve on the ground."

Last year, HCC swept Essex (0-5, 0-5) for the Region XX Tournament title.

Earlier this week, the Hawks moved up from ninth to seventh in the NJCAA Division II poll.

Jessica Ambrose had 42 assists, 16 service points and four aces for HCC. Kim Snavely had 19 service points, nine aces and 11 digs, Magda Tekiel had 15 kills and six digs, Ashley Arentz had eight kills and Kira-Brooks Ford added six kills.

Hawks assistant coach James Domenico filled in for his wife Beth, the head coach, who was away on a trip in Ohio.

"We were happy with our performance tonight," Domenico said. "We dominated from beginning to end. We played at the highest level we could play with our team."

Ambrose reeled off 13 straight service points to give HCC a 24-5 advantage in the first game. Snavely scored 12 straight service points in the second game to help the Hawks build a 22-7 lead. Snavely added a string of six points in the third game for a 20-5 lead.

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