Silvis comes up golden to lead Warriors

September 11, 2008|By DAN KAUFFMAN

When Boonsboro's volleyball team needed a spark against North Hagerstown on Wednesday night, the Warriors knew who to turn to - and Cortney Silvis delivered.

After the Hubs took it to the Warriors for a Game 1 victory and a 7-4 lead in Game 2, Silvis stepped up. Her six kills helped Boonsboro win Game 2 to turn the match around, and she finished with match-highs of 17 kills and seven aces as the Warriors rallied for a 16-25, 25-18, 25-23, 25-10 victory.

"I wanted to step up and be looked at," said Silvis. "My setters work with me a lot, especially Becca Demers, and we just jelled that game and everything seemed to come together."

"She was a big key tonight," Boonsboro coach Andrea Parry said. "She has really improved, and when she's on, she's the spark of the team and she gets us going."


Before Silvis asserted herself, the Warriors (2-0) were in trouble against the Hubs (1-1), who came out and proved they're still to be reckoned with despite the graduations of two-time Herald-Mail Player of the Year Kate Zimmer and All-County First Team setter Hannah Boward.

Megan Plume had 10 of her 28 assists in Game 1, spreading the ball around to Akilah McCall (four kills in Game 1), Autumn Fisher (three kills) and Anna Wade (two kills) as the Hubs looked sharp early. North committed just five errors to Boonsboro's 10 in Game 1, and had 11 total kills to the Warriors' six.

"They came out with a lot of intensity, and they didn't make a lot of errors there," Hubs coach Megan Crawford said.

But the combination of the Warriors raising their level of play and the Hubs being unable to sustain their low error rate turned the match in Boonsboro's favor.

The Warriors closed out Game 2 with a 6-1 run. Demers had seven assists in Game 2 - most of them setting up Silvis in the middle - and Jaime Ebersole added four, while Alison Griffith and Brynn Arnone each had two kills and Karley Kaetzel added two aces.

North had control of Game 3 early, starting it with a 10-4 run that included six straight points. But Boonsboro fought back, and it came down to the final few points.

With the Hubs leading 23-22, Griffith put away two straight kills to give the Warriors game point. Silvis' ace to the short middle gave Boonsboro the pivotal 2-1 lead.

"It totally set the tone for the next game," Silvis said. "Those three points were key to the match. If we hadn't won those three points, we may not have won the match."

The Warriors roared into Game 4. Silvis started the game with two more aces, Griffith followed with two kills and three aces, and a North timeout trailing 7-1 did nothing to stop the onslaught.

Boonsboro had nine aces in the game - after committing 11 service errors in the first three games. Silvis finished Game 4 with five kills and five aces, and Griffith had three kills and three aces.

"I told them in the huddle, 'No more missed serves, keep the ball in play,'" Parry said. "They did that, they hit to the deep corners and to the short middle, and (North) didn't know where to go."

"The last three games, we had mental errors, hitting errors, service errors," said Crawford as the Hubs finished with 27 errors, 22 in the last three games. "If we cut down on those, it would have been a different game. ... I think it will come together as we play more together."

Ebersole finished with 18 assists and Demers added 16 for Boonsboro. Griffith had 10 kills and Arnone added six, while Kelsie Trumbull had 17 digs.

Alyssa Collier was all over the court for North, finishing with 39 digs as the Hubs made life tough for Boonsboro's attackers. Courtney Bowlus added 18 digs. Fisher had 10 kills, McCall had nine and Wade added eight.

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