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Eagles clip Saints

September 26, 2007|By CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

SAINT JAMES - Wendi Smith saw a trend evolving. One she was not fond of at all.

The St. James volleyball coach watched her team take an early lead in all three games, only to see them dissipate under the relentless attack of Hedgesville's net game in a 25-18, 25-14, 25-15 loss Tuesday night.

Paced by Katie Rude's eight kills and numerous St. James errors the No. 3 Eagles (10-1) rallied from the early deficits to dominate the Saints.

"We started slow," said Hedgesville coach Lori Zick. "But all we needed was a couple good serves, and a couple points. That got them playing harder, and got the girls into the game."

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In each of the three games, the Eagles relied on a string of service points to establish a lead the Saints were unable to overcome.

Meanwhile, St. James managed to string together more than one service point just twice all evening.

Hedgesville used a string of six straight points in the first game from Lindsay Hadley, 11 straight in Game 2 by Abby Elliott, and Lauren Hockenberry's six straight in the third game to help sink the Saints (4-5).

"Breakdowns in serve-receive," Smith said of her team's inability to retain the lead. "We'll do whole practices of serve-receives. Hitters can't hit if we can't pass the ball to the setter."

No less than six players registered at least one kill for Hedgesville in the first game, and the same tactic was employed in Game 2.

The Saints hastened their own demise in Game 3, committing 14 errors.

Callan Spicher led St. James with seven kills, Heather Lowery added six and Lindsay Gish had 16 assists.

Brittany Boarman chipped in six kills for Hedgesville and Aerial Munson had 23 assists.

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