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Eye of the beholder - Williamsport's 'ugly' play pretty enough to sweep Warriors

October 07, 2008|By CHRIS CARTER

WILLIAMSPORT -- After an 11-day layoff, the Williamsport volleyball team looked like one that was well-rusted rather than well-rested.

Yet when the No. 3 Wildcats walked off their home court Monday night - their first game action of October in the books - nothing had changed. They were still a sweep better than rival Boonsboro, this time a 25-18, 25-23, 25-21 MVAL Antietam win.

The match was the first for Williamsport since a 25-18, 25-21, 25-22 sweep at the Warriors on Sept. 25.

"Was that not the ugliest volleyball match you've seen this year?" asked Williamsport coach Emily Crabtree. "Our passing wasn't all that bad and our serving was pretty good, but our timing was off and we couldn't get in sync."

Despite a less-than-glamorous performance, Williamsport (8-1, 1-0) won its eighth consecutive match since a season-opening loss to Thomas Johnson. The Wildcats trailed 18-14 in the third game before ending the game on a 11-3 run, clinching their sixth sweep of the season.

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Cayla Broadwater had five of her team-best 14 kills during a final stretch. She also added four blocks, while teammate Brittany Malott added six kills. Loganne Smith had 10 assists and Lacee Hershberger added three blocks.

"I told them that they're better than they were showing. They needed to go back to playing the way I know they can play," Crabtree said. "I didn't want to have to play a fourth game."

Boonsboro (4-4, 1-1) was able to match up with the Wildcats at the start of each game. The Warriors forged 9-9 ties in each of the first two games before straggling behind and they made five errors to close out the clinching third game.

The Warriors made 37 errors in the match.

"It doesn't surprise me," said Warriors coach Andrea Parry. "Unfortunately for us it's a mental problem, it's not physical. Mentally, we just make too many mistakes.

"All night we didn't play with any intensity or any communication on the floor. There was a lot of individuals and no real team game."

Allison Griffith led the Warriors with seven kills and Jaime Ebersole had 13 assists.

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