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Bleeding purple, Leopards upset 'Cats

October 17, 2008|By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

SMITHSBURG -- The Smithsburg volleyball team celebrated Senior Night by sweeping No. 3 Williamsport 25-15, 25-14, 25-22 on Thursday night in an MVAL Antietam match.

Smithsburg (8-4, 3-1) ended Williamsport's 10-match winning streak.

"Everybody on our team was bleeding purple tonight," Smithsburg coach Rachel Brashear said. "Tonight, we were able to step up and execute in pressure situations. Williamsport is a phenomenal team and we have had an exciting rivalry with them for a long time. It has been three years since we have beaten them. It was nice to rekindle that rivalry."

Senior libero Mollie Kieffer scored 11 of her 18 service points in the second game and added 12 digs for Smithsburg.

"This victory probably means more to me than any win that I have ever had," Kieffer said. "Ever since I have been a freshman, we have heard so much about how big it is to beat Williamsport and it was good to do it on Senior Night.

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"I just tried to stay consistent with my serving and let the defense do its job."

Senior outside hitter Nikki Siefert finished with seven kills and added a couple of crucial blocks to turn the momentum the Leopards' way.

"It feels amazing and indescribable to win on Senior Night," Siefert said. "I think all of our hitters were on tonight. We shut down their big hitter and we forced them to tip a lot."

Taylor Belella contributed 28 assists and seven digs, while Sara Rishell came through with 13 kills and five blocks for Smithsburg. Colleen Black got 13 kills and three blocks, Valerie Smith added eight digs and Meghan McSherry had eight service points for the Leopards.

Cayla Broadwater collected 12 kills and five blocks, while Brittany Malott came up with 16 digs and five kills for Williamsport (10-2, 3-1). Loganne Smith added 19 assists and Trisha Leigh had 18 digs for the Wildcats.

"We were on defense all night," Williamsport coach Emily Crabtree said. "You can't expect to win when you are on defense all night. Smithsburg played awesome. They were hitting the ball and tipping the ball. They just didn't make mistakes."

Smithsburg won the JV match, 25-19, 19-25, 15-11.

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