'Cats scratch Gaels off list

October 28, 2008|By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT -- It wasn't easy.

Still, No. 3 Williamsport was able to find the ways it needed to collect a 25-18, 25-10, 25-20 sweep over St. Maria Goretti Monday in a Washington County volleyball match.

Williamsport (12-3) is seeded fourth and advances, via a bye, to host a Maryland Class 1A West quarterfinal on Nov. 3 against Southern Garrett. St. Maria Goretti completed its season with a 5-11 record.

Cayla Broadwater, a 6-foot-1 senior middle hitter, dominated the net with 12 kills and three blocks.

"I just wanted to put the ball down tonight like we do every night," Broadwater said. "I think our serving and passing were big factors in the match tonight. We are so excited about this year. We have come so close in the last two years. We want to finish it off this year."


Broadwater, who also had 13 service points and six aces, has made a verbal commitment to play volleyball next year at Connecticut.

Kelly Beard collected 13 digs and nine service points, while Amanda Hutzell had nine service points for the Wildcats. Loganne Smith and Paige Kitchen got 10 assists each, while Brittany Malott made six blocks.

"Goretti kept us on our toes," Williamsport coach Emily Crabtree said. "We had a little difficulty in receiving serves tonight. It just wasn't one of our better matches. You have to give Goretti credit. They came out to play and challenge us. One highlight tonight would be our serving game. We only missed two serves tonight."

Liz Talbot had seven service points, while Courtney Thompson collected six service points, five aces and six digs for the Gaels. Sarah Swope ended up with seven digs and Alex Penn had six digs for for Goretti, while Natalie Ferretti added four kills and three digs and Katie Breslin had three kills.

"I'm actually really happy with the way that my girls played," Goretti coach Leah Easterday said. "Williamsport always has a tough team. We just had trouble blocking their middles. But other than that, I was pleased."

JV: Williamsport, 2-0 (25-10, 25-10)

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