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HCC gets sweep in a N.Y. minute

September 30, 2008|By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

The hustle and bustle of New York didn't bog down the Hagerstown Community College volleyball team.

The Hawks didn't show any ill effects of playing a weekend tournament in Genesee, N.Y., as they came out for a methodical 25-9, 25-9, 24-14 sweep of Allegany Community College in a Maryland JuCo Conference match at the HCC athletic complex.

"Coming off a big weekend, the girls played very consistently and with a lot of enthusiasm," HCC coach Beth Domenico said. "I think the team is really starting to come together and starting to take their play to the next level."

The Hawks continued to show improvement in their serving.

"I think they were really focusing on their serves tonight," Domenico said. "Some of the girls have been trying different serves and they seem to be working for them. They really succeeded tonight in putting together a four or five-point run with their serving."

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Outside hitter Rebecca Morgan collected 15 service points, six aces, seven digs and five kills for HCC (17-5, 9-0), which continues to make strides as playoff season nears.

"We have improved a lot this year, but we know that we can do so much better," Morgan said. "We definitely have the potential. We just have to play and talk it up. We have to remember what we had trouble with and work on those things. We just try to go all out and do our best."

Tara Garver had 26 assists, 11 service points and five aces for HCC. Hailee Growden had 14 digs and 11 service points for the Hawks, while Morena Ribeiro added eight kills and seven digs and Julia Becker had six kills and five digs.

Morgan scored five consecutive service points in the first game to move HCC to a 23-8 lead. Growden ended the game with a service ace.

Morgan had six straight service points in the second game as HCC took a 10-3 advantage. Growden followed with a seven-point run of her own to increase the Hawks' advantage to 18-4. Garver got the final three points, including a two on aces.

HCC held a 10-7 lead over Allegany (3-10, 2-6) until Ribeiro delivered five straight service points to give the Hawks a cushion. Garver closed the match on a wild set that sailed over the net, just out of the reach of the Trojans.

"We did very well, considering we just played a weekend tournament in New York," Morgan said. "One of the things that we were trying to work on was trying to control things from the beginning of the match tonight.

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