Rebels' serves dish out victory

November 04, 2008|By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

The South Hagerstown volleyball team had a dual purpose.

The Rebels served notice by serving well.

South Hagerstown started a good evening of execution just by putting the ball in play on Monday to sweep Northwood 25-18, 25-14, 25-16 in the Maryland Class 2A West quarterfinals.

"It was a good victory," South coach Chuck Weaver said. "Good serving was the key to the victory. Our serving was on. We were reading our opponent, moving our feet well and playing good defense. I believe that we are as strong as we can possibly be right now."

South Hagerstown (11-5), the third seed, advances to the West semifinals against second-seed Liberty on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

Senior libero Desiree Giffin chalked up 18 service points and 23 digs for the Rebels.

"I had to make sure that I got the ball over," Giffin said. "I was trying to find their weakest passers and serve it to them. It took us a while to come together. When someone does good, we have to feed off of it and play better. We have so much potential that we can go as far as we want to, if we set our minds to it."


Megan Vance tallied nine service points and 22 assists, while Sarah Burgan got 12 assists for the Rebels. Chelsea Showe delivered eight service points and middle hitter Rebecca Pearl added 12 kills and three blocks for South, while Emma Stahl added eight kills and Morgan McCoy had seven kills.

"Once we got started, we were able to put them away," Pearl said. "My hitting performance at the net went well tonight. My teammates helped me out. I got the set from the pass and I put it away."

In the first game, 11th-seeded Northwood (6-10) started out well with a 6-2 lead. South turned things around and built an 11-7 advantage behind four service points by Giffin. The Gladiators refused to die and rallied back to tie the score at 12 before the Rebels pulled away.

The Rebels led 11-8 before pulling away in the second game.

South owned a 17-14 lead in the third game until Giffin unleashed seven service points to expand the lead to 24-14 before sealing the match.

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