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Grace sweeps Heritage

September 26, 2007|By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

Senior outside hitter Rebecca Morgan and the rest of the No. 6 Grace Academy volleyball team were prepared for Heritage Academy's hot gym.

Morgan finished with 14 kills and eight service points as the Knights swept the Eagles 25-13, 25-12, 25-22 in Tuesday's Mason Dixon Christian Conference match.

"I think it was a good win," Morgan said. "We knew that this gym was going to be hot. At our school earlier this week, we turned down the air conditioner while we were practicing. I think the main key was that we were talking more. We're just finally starting to click. We are starting to understand each other a little bit better."

Morgan credited extra practice for her performance at the net.

"I just keep on practicing and I swing away as hard as I can," Morgan said. "That helps me at the net. I do what I can to help my team get a point."

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Jamie Shurnitski had 28 assists and nine service points for Grace Academy (8-0). Jennifer Waltz had nine service points and six kills, Elizabeth Roane had eight service points and Kara Rudisill added six kills.

"I feel we have a tremendous amount of potential," Grace coach Diana Serafini said. "We have improved a lot since the beginning of the season. I think the biggest difference between now and the beginning of the season is that I have some players who are starting to step up and hit with more consistency.

"I have more depth this year. Last year, I only had six or seven players. This year, I honestly have confidence putting all of my players in."

Morgan McIntire had seven kills and six blocks, while Brianna Dorsey added four digs and three blocks for Heritage (6-3).

"Our girls didn't cover very well," Eagles coach Youngsook Anderson said. "Our senior captain, Andrea Clark, wasn't here today because she went on a trip. Our team seemed a little lost without her, especially on defense. We didn't have good serves today. Our players blocked real well. The great hitters impressed me the most about Grace Academy."

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