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Hawks give service with smile to sweep Baltimore

September 25, 2008|By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

It only took 50 minutes for Hagerstown Community College to put away Baltimore City on Wednesday with 25-4, 25-1, 25-17 sweep in a Maryland JUCO Conference volleyball match at the HCC athletic complex.

Middle hitter Kierra Nelson, the only returning player from last year's national playoff team, paced HCC with a team-high six kills and two digs.

"We went to a different style of hitting tonight," Nelson said. "We were practicing from the 10-foot line. I felt pretty good about my hitting. I wish I got more balls down."

It has all led to great improvement for the Hawks.

"We have progressed a whole lot since the beginning of the season," Nelson said. "We are really starting to click with our setters for each individual person. Right now, we are not at our highest peak. But we are looking to prepare for the Region XX Tournament."

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HCC (12-4, 8-0) backed up the net play with serving. Tara Garver had 22 service points and 15 aces to go along with 17 assists against Baltimore (0-5, 0-5).

"Tara Garver has been doing a great job of serving," Nelson said. "She served almost 100 percent out there and she had a whole lot of serves."

Katie Koontz tallied 10 service points and four aces, while Rebecca Morgan added six service points and four kills for HCC. Julia Becker collected six service points, six digs, four kills and three aces for the Hawks.

HCC coach Beth Domenico was pleased for the most part with the Hawks' serving.

"The girls stayed really focused throughout the match," Domenico said. "We told them that they would have a chance to work on their serves tonight. In the first two games, I can tell that they were really concentrating on their serves. In the third game, we lost our focus."

Becker served six straight points in the first game to help HCC take a 7-0 lead, before Koontz added 10 consecutive points to extend the Hawks' lead to 19-2, leading to the win.

Garver dominated the second game, serving HCC to a 22-0 lead that the Panthers couldn't overcome.

Baltimore kept it close in the third game, trailing 23-17, until Marke Cosley closed out the game for HCC to complete the sweep.

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