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HCC wins own tourney

October 15, 2007|By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

The host Hagerstown Community College volleyball team won the Tracey Leather Tournament on Sunday.

HCC swept all three of its matches Sunday, just as it did Saturday.

The Hawks beat Howard 30-17, 30-27 in the quarterfinals, Schoolcraft (Mich.) 35-33, 30-26 in the semifinals and Kellogg (Mich.) 30-26, 30-25 in the championship match.

"It was a great win for the girls," HCC coach Beth Domenico said. "The girls fought hard in the tournament after losing in the finals last year to Genessee (N.Y.). The girls played very consistently. We really worked on our blocking this past week, and I think that paid off."

Domenico said her team handled the pressure situations.

"I don't think my team got rattled when other teams came back on them and were ahead," she said. "My team kept its composure throughout the entire day. This was a good invitational tournament to have to prepare for the Region XX Tournament."

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Sophomore defensive specialist Kim Snavely was voted the Tournament MVP as she came up with 36 digs and 13 service points on Sunday for the Hawks (35-4), who are ranked 10th in NJCAA Division II.

"Playing defense was the key to our team winning the championship today," Snavely said. "My main goal is to get the ball up. Without having the rest of the team behind me, I don't think I could play as good. We have some things to work on. Serving, passing and blocking are the key things that we have to work on before the Region XX Tournament."

Six-foot-1 freshman hitter Magda Tekiel, who is from Warsaw, Poland, and sophomore setter Jessica Ambrose were the other HCC players selected to the All-Tournament Team. Tekiel - who had 48 kills, 14 service points and eight aces - had match-ending kills in both the semifinals and the championship match. Ambrose had 92 assists and 20 service points.

Ashley Arentz chipped in with 26 service points, 26 kills and 11 aces for HCC. She had 12 service points in the semifinals and 11 service points in the championship match.

Sammi Snodderly had 36 digs and 13 service points, Brittany Horn added 10 kills and seven blocks and Nikki Wirth had 11 kills for HCC.

Both Tekiel and Arentz had strings of four service points during the first game of the championship match to help the Hawks take a 19-10 lead.

The Hawks snapped a 17-17 tie in the second game on Ambrose's four straight service points.

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