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South tops Grace in four games

October 14, 2008|By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

It had been 11 days since South Hagerstown played a volleyball match.

But the Rebels did not look rusty at home on Monday night as they defeated Grace Academy, 25-11, 25-17, 20-25, 25-16.

"I was proud of the Rebels tonight," South coach Chuck Weaver said. "I thought that for having an 11-day rest, we played as a team very well. I thought we served well and we hit well. We just did what we had to do.

"The team has most definitely made a lot of progress since the beginning of the season. I think that we are going to peak at the right time. I like our chances."

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Junior Megan Vance had a match-high 14 service points for South (4-4). She added nine assists and four kills.

"I made sure I got all of my serves inbounds," Vance said. "We did good and we pulled it out together. We made sure that we kept it together as a team. We did not get down on each other and we made sure that we helped each other stay up. We handled the pressure situations well. I think we have made a lot of improvement. I hope we continue to get better."

Sarah Burgan had 20 assists, seven service points and six digs, while Desiree Giffin added 15 digs and 10 service points for the Rebels. Rebecca Pearl had 11 kills and nine service points, while Sara Renner had 15 digs.

Lauren Serafini, Jamie Shurnitski and Jenn Waltz each had seven service points for Grace (11-4). Shurnitski had 13 assists, Waltz had six kills and Victoria Aikens added four kills.

"We got off to a slow start," Grace coach Diana Serafini said. "We tried some different lineups tonight. I thought we played well. We still have to work on playing better defense. South has great players. They have good middle hitters and we couldn't block them."

In Game 1, Pearl reeled off five straight service points to expand South's lead to 15-5. Later, Vance served the last three points to win the game.

In Game 2, Chelsea Showe delivered four straight service points to give the Rebels a 6-2 lead. Giffin served the final three points of the game, including an ace on game point.

In Game 3, Waltz served five straight points to give Grace a 17-10 edge. Waltz also served game point for the Knights.

In Game 4, Giffin's three straight service points extended South's lead to 11-7. Pearl later served an ace on match point to seal the Rebels' victory.

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