Hawks' Region XX reign now five years

October 29, 2007|By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

The Hagerstown Community College volleyball team won its fifth straight Region XX Tournament title, pulling out a four-game victory over the College of Southern Maryland, 26-30, 30-21, 30-28, 30-28 on Sunday at the HCC athletic complex.

"It was a great win," Hawks coach Beth Domenico said. "I'm very proud of our girls for capturing our fifth straight crown. We came from behind many times by pulling together as a team. I think we definitely realized today how much we needed each other.

"I give a lot of credit to Southern Maryland. They played a good match. They came out with a lot of intensity and we definitely had to fight for every point we got."

HCC (40-4), ranked eighth in NJCAA Division II, will travel to Scottsdale, Ariz., for the national tournament from Nov. 15-17.

The Hawks advanced to the championship match by sweeping Harford in the semifinals, 30-16, 30-18, 30-22. Southern Maryland swept Catonsville 30-22, 30-19, 30-24 in the other semifinal.


Magda Tekiel, HCC's 6-foot-1 freshman middle hitter from Warsaw, Poland, was named tournament MVP after racking up 53 kills Sunday.

"I think just simply our team play was the key to us winning the championship today," Tekiel said. "We work well as a team and we know how to communicate well with one another. ... I just get myself in proper position at the net."

"Magda was the key to Hagerstown pulling out the win," Southern Maryland coach Michelle Ruble said. "She lives up to her ranking of being No. 1 in kills in the country. She is their go-to girl and she did not let them down today. Our team gave them everything we had to try to beat them. We think they'll represent Region XX very well at nationals. We wish them the best of luck."

Sophomore setter Jessica Ambrose, sophomore defensive specialist Kim Snavely and freshman outside hitter Ashley Arentz were selected to the all-tournament team.

Ambrose finished with 90 assists, while Arentz added 23 kills for HCC. Sammi Snodderly had 20 digs, Brittany Horn had 13 kills and Kierra Nelson added 12 kills.

"We had a couple of key plays in the championship match from Caitlyn Selby (eight kills) and Kierra," Domenico said.

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