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Cats find extra gear in Game 5

October 09, 2007|By DAN KAUFFMAN

BOONSBORO - If Williamsport volleyball coach Emily Crabtree could bottle up the No. 4 Wildcats' Game 5 effort of their 25-13, 19-25, 26-24, 23-25, 15-9 victory over Boonsboro in Monday's MVAL Antietam match, her job would be much easier.

Alas, Crabtree had to endure another see-saw match full of inconsistent play before Williamsport found another gear to hold off the Warriors in five games for the second time this season - the first coming 11 days ago.

"Consistency would be nice," Crabtree said. "It's like a roller coaster, up and down and up and down in games and matches. Consistency is what I'm looking for, but we're not there yet."

Williamsport (9-1, 1-0) used a seven-point serving run by Lindsey Kneisley to take an 11-6 lead in Game 5 after falling behind 4-1. Kneisley set up the offense with her six assists, and middle hitter Katie Koontz's four kills sparked the Wildcats.

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"If (Koontz) puts it away the first time, she puts it away every time," Kneisley said. "Our serving, our passing and our defense made the difference in the fifth game."

Christine Barnes had two assists and Hailee Growden two kills to help seal the match for the Wildcats, who struggled with their passing for much of the match.

"Our passes have to be there," Crabtree said. "When they are, we're pretty much unstoppable. Our passing game let us down in the games we lost."

Boonsboro (6-4, 2-1) coach Andrea Parry, aware the Warriors lost the first game to the Wildcats in the previous match, wanted her team to start fast. She got the exact opposite - Boonsboro committed 16 errors and got blown out in Game 1. Fifteen more errors in Game 3 cost the Warriors a chance to go up two games to one.

"We made so many errors on our side of the net, and you can't have that when playing an excellent team," Parry said.

Seniors Tara Garver and Katie Gantz and sophomore Alison Griffith led Boonsboro back in Games 2 and 4. Garver finished with 19 assists, Griffith had 14 kills and four aces, and Gantz added 11 kills and four aces.

"They are three good, solid players," Parry said. "In a tight situation, they're who we turn to."

Barnes finished with 17 assists and Kneisley had 16 for Williamsport. Koontz had 12 kills and three blocks, Cayla Broadwater had nine kills and Growden and Brittany Malott each finished with six kills.

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