Rebels sweep Hubs, control Piedmont

October 22, 2008|By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

Since opening the season with a 2-4 start, the South Hagerstown Rebels have put together a six-match winning streak.

The Rebels' latest win came on Tuesday night at crosstown rival North Hagerstown, when they swept the Hubs 25-19, 25-15, 25-21 in an MVAL Piedmont match that left South as the last unbeaten team in Piedmont play.

"The Lady Rebels played excellent ball tonight," Rebels coach Chuck Weaver said. "We have had a long run in the last two weeks. We have done a great job winning the last six matches. Solid passing was the key to the victory tonight. Our serve receive and our defense were great. ... We are right on track. We have improved since the beginning of the season."

The Rebels (8-4, 2-0) will play their final two Piedmont matches next week when they host Middletown on Monday before traveling to Frederick on Tuesday.


The Hubs (6-5, 2-1) will travel to Frederick today for their final conference match.

Rebecca Pearl had 10 service points, nine kills and five blocks for South. Desiree Giffin had 23 digs and nine service points, Kara Henson had eight service points, Megan Vance had 15 assists and 11 digs, Sarah Burgan had 11 assists, Morgan McCoy had 11 kills and six blocks, and Emma Stahl had nine kills.

Alyssa Collier had 25 digs, Megan Plume had 14 assists and Courtney Bowlus added eight service points for North. Anna Wade had six kills and Maria Burgan added five kills.

"We made a lot of unforced errors," Hubs coach Megan Crawford said. "We gave them a lot of points. We got down and we couldn't get out of the hole. We pretty much had to fight an uphill battle all night. Their middle hitters put the ball down tonight, basically."

In Game 1, the Rebels built an 18-12 advantage before the Hubs got four service points by Bowlus to narrow the gap to 18-17. But the the Rebels outscored North 7-2 from there to close the door. Morgan McCoy had a game-ending block for the Rebels.

In Game 2, Giffin served five consecutive points to give South a 14-6 lead on the way to the victory. Pearl had a game-ending kill.

In Game 3, the Hubs held a 21-20 lead late, but four straight service points by Pearl helped complete the Rebels' sweep. A service ace by Pearl sealed the match.

North won a tight JV match, 10-25, 25-14, 16-14.

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