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XX marks spot HCC treasures

November 02, 2008|By JACK HILL III

Rebecca Morgan did her part to help Hagerstown Community College win its sixth straight Region XX volleyball championship on Sunday at the HCC athletic complex.

Morgan was named tournament MVP as the Hawks swept College of Southern Maryland 25-18, 25-12, 25-12 in the championship match to punch another ticket to the NJCAA national tourmament. The Hawks advanced to the final by sweeping Potomac State 25-20, 25-18 and 25-20 in the semifinals.

"The key to us winning the tournament was to stay focused and remain excited at the same time," Morgan said. "We executed very well. It was exactly what we hoped for. We set goals, which really helped out. Overall, both of those matches today were two of the best matches that we have played all year."

HCC (33-9) advances to the nationals on Nov. 20-22 in Wisconsin Dells, Wisc.

"My girls just played unbelievably great today," HCC coach Beth Domenico said. "Everything just came together. At the beginning of the final, our blocks weren't going well. We told the girls to concentrate and focus and we really came through with some big blocks at the end. We told the girls to go with their go-for-it serves, and they were very productive."

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Morgan, a Grace Academy graduate, collected nine of her 14 service points in the championship match. Morgan, an All-American nominee, also had 26 kills, 14 digs and four aces.

Hailee Growden anchored HCC with all 15 of her service points coming in the championship match, while Tara Garver and Morena Ribeiro had 15 service points each. Garver contributed 70 assists and 14 digs, while Ribeiro got 22 kills and 13 digs. Julia Becker ended up with 15 digs, 13 kills and seven blocks.

Morgan, Ribeiro, Becker and Garver were selected from HCC to the Region XX all-tournament team. Morgan and Ribeiro were selected to the first team while Garver was on the second team and Becker and Growden honorable mentions.

HCC expanded a 19-15 lead in the first game of the final on three service points by Karli Powers to coast to the win.

The Hawks overcame a College of Southern Maryland 5-0 lead during the second game and used a five-point run by Garver to move into a 16-9 lead. Morgan and Growden combined to serve out the game.

Growden put together five straight points to give HCC the lead for good at 7-3 in the final game.

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