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Hubs deal a sweep to Brunswick

September 17, 2008|By CHRIS CARTER

The North Hagerstown volleyball team treated Brunswick like a greedy Blackjack player Tuesday night.

Each time the Railroaders got to 11 and tried to double down, the Hubs were always there to deal out the inevitable bust card.

Brunswick never got a whiff of 21 as the Hubs closed strong in each game to stake a 25-11, 25-12, 25-14 sweep of the Railroaders.

"We started off a little slow and we were missing a lot of serves," said Hubs coach Megan Crawford. "Then, we got to being aggressive and we were really swinging, which is what we're going to have to do all year. But missing nine serves tonight is not good."

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North struggled from the service line in the opening game until senior Courtney Bowlus stepped in and provided some relief. The senior reserve took the ball with the Hubs holding a 15-11 lead and served 10 straight points to end the game.

Megan Plume assisted all four Akilah McCall kills in the opener. Plume tallied seven assists in the game and finished the match with 17, while McCall led the Hubs with 10 kills.

"They all know when they need to pick it up," Crawford said. "Nobody was going to back down."

North made sure Brunswick faced a similar fate in the second game after the Railroaders inched to within 15-11. The Hubs regained the serve on a Maria Bergen kill -- assisted by Plume -- and went on to score 10 of the final 11 points to seal the win.

"They didn't want it to go to four games," Crawford said.

The threat of a fourth game loomed no larger than at the start of the third game, when the Hubs staggered out of the gate and trailed 6-1 after six unforced errors -- only the second time the Hubs trailed in the match.

But after a timeout, North ran off 10 points in a row -- nine on the serve of Rachel Ober -- for an 11-6 edge. The Hubs maintained the margin and led 16-11 lead before closing on a 9-3 spurt.

And so playing on its home court, North made sure the House won.

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