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Wildcats batter Rams

November 04, 2008|By CHRIS CARTER

WILLIAMSPORT - Southern Garrett's volleyball players had the mantra "Victory requires payment in advance." written on the backs of their T-shirts.

After Monday night's Maryland Class 1A West quarterfinal match, the Rams might have been better off extending a line of credit to Williamsport.

The Wildcats thoroughly dominated the Rams in a 25-9, 25-7, 25-14 sweep to advance in the region playoffs. Williamsport travels to play top-seeded Poolesville on Wednesday.

"I thought we played well ... like we're supposed to play," said Williamsport coach Emily Crabtree. "(Southern Garrett) just didn't play as well as I thought they would."

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The Rams (10-5) didn't play well, period.

Williamsport (13-3) raced out to a 9-0 lead on six Loganne Smith aces to start the opening game. Southern Garrett took advantage of four Wildcats errors to pull within 11-6, but any positive feelings were short-lived as Williamsport scored 14 of the game's last 17 points.

"When you come out like that, my expectations go way up. But I'm pleased with the way we played," Crabtree said. "So many times we've played to the level of our competition. We didn't do that tonight."

Libero Kelly Beard had five aces - all during a 13-0 run to close the second game - while Cayla Broadwater had 11 kills, Brittany Malott had six and Smith had 19 assists for the Wildcats (13-3).

"I knew we would win when Cayla was hitting the ball pretty hard," Smith said. "We just played really well - the best. It makes us feel good because we crushed them, but we know we're going to have to go against harder teams in the future."

Williamsport faced its first deficit of the match in the third game - 1-0 after a service error. Reserve Paige Kitchen served a pair of aces to regain the lead and the Wildcats never trailed again.

The Wildcats finished the match with 21 aces to earn the right to play Poolesville, which has yet to drop a match this season.

"Any competition is good and when you can beat a team like we did tonight, it helps the team's confidence," Crabtree said. "But I've told the girls that it's a one-match season now."

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