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Rebels sweep past Smithsburg

September 12, 2008|By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

South Hagerstown had to fight tooth and nail to get all three of its wins in a 25-21, 25-17, 26-24 volleyball sweep of Smithsburg on Thursday night.

"We just wanted to stay focused the entire match," South coach Chuck Weaver said. "We knew Smithsburg was not going to lay down. If we would have lost focus, Smithsburg would have kept going with their runs. We wanted to play strong ball. Teamwork was the key to our victory. I think the girls played well as a team. I thought we were balanced. Everybody stepped up."

Sarah Burgan had 15 service points and 18 assists for South (2-1). Desiree Giffin and Rebecca Pearl added nine service points each, while Megan Vance had seven service points for the Rebels. Pearl had 10 kills, Vance had seven assists and six kills and Emma Stahl added eight digs and four kills.

Taylor Belella had 12 assists and five kills, while Colleen Black added seven kills and six service points for Smithsburg (1-1). Sara Rishell collected nine kills, while Valerie Smith and Mollie Kieffer got eight service points each for the Leopards.

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The Rebels pulled out to an 18-11 lead in Game 1 before the Leopards started a roaring comeback. Black had six straight service points to give Smithsburg the lead at 21-20. A sideout tied the score and Vance quickly snapped the tie with four straight service points for the Rebels.

The Leopards built an 11-8 lead in the second game. After the Rebels got a point on a sideout, Burgan served eight consecutive points to help South take the lead for good at 17-11.

In the third game, the lead see-sawed back and forth, with the Leopards taking the lead at 24-23. But the Rebels tied the game on a sideout and McCoy served the last two points to win the match for South.

"I don't think we played our best tonight," Smithsburg coach Rachel Brashear said. "We came out in the first game and made a lot of errors right off the bat. We're a young team. We're going to have games like this. We will learn from our mistakes and become a more consistent volleyball team."

JV: Smithsburg, 25-12, 25-18.

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