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Boonsboro uses balance to tip South

September 09, 2008|By DAN KAUFFMAN

One look at the stat sheet gave Boonsboro volleyball coach Amanda Parry reason to smile after Monday's season-opening match at South Hagerstown.

Parry has high hopes for a balanced attack this season, and the Warriors delivered in their first test. Brynn Arnone had 11 kills, Alison Griffith and Cortney Silvis had 10 kills each and Emma Dalton added eight kills as Boonsboro defeated the Rebels, 25-11, 22-25, 25-20, 25-15.

"That's what I expect out of this group," Parry said. "I expect us to be spread all over the court, and that makes us a good team. (Opponents) don't know where we're going to go."

Parry knows where she'd like the defending Maryland Class 1A West champion Warriors to go - back to the state tournament. Monday was a solid first step.

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Boonsboro rolled over the flat Rebels in Game 1. Griffith had four kills, Jaime Ebersole had five assists and Karley Kaetzel served three aces as the Warriors easily took a 1-0 lead. South had just one kill in the game as Boonsboro's defense - led by Kelsie Trumbull (19 digs in the match) and Griffith (10 digs) - put the clamps on.

"We came out very strong," Parry said. "I thought we played real well the first game. We were very scrappy defensively, and that's a key for us. We're not very big, so defense is what will keep us in it."

But the Rebels got their offense rolling in Game 2 and surprised the Warriors by taking a 17-6 lead. Emma Stahl had three kills and Rebecca Pearl and Morgan McCoy had two kills each, while Sarah Burgan had six assists and Megan Vance added four in the game for South.

Boonsboro rallied to close the score to 23-22, but a hitting error gave the Rebels game point, and a double block by Pearl and Burgan clinched the game.

"I definitely liked what I saw tonight," Rebels coach Chuck Weaver said. "I honestly thought up until the middle of Game 3, the match could have gone either way."

The teams were tied at 18 late in Game 3 before Boonsboro scored seven of the last nine points to take a 2-1 lead. In Game 4, a seven-point Warriors run that included three Arnone kills gave them a 17-10 lead and they coasted to the victory.

Ebersole had 19 assists and Becca Demers added 15 assists for the Warriors. Dalton and Silvis each had three blocks.

Pearl had eight kills to lead South, while Stahl had five and McCoy four. Burgan had 15 assists and three kills, and Vance had 10 assists and 14 digs. Stahl added 14 digs and three blocks, and Desiree Giffin had 10 digs.

The Rebels were just slightly more error-prone than the Warriors, committing 42 errors to Boonsboro's 32.

"We showed a lot of promise, we just need a little more court time," Weaver said.

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