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FSK has answers

match with Hubs never in question

November 06, 2008|By DAN KAUFFMAN

UNION BRIDGE, Md. -- There's a reason Francis Scott Key's volleyball team is the No. 1 seed in the Maryland Class 2A West bracket. Defending 2A West champion North Hagerstown found out why on Wednesday.

These Eagles are really good.

Too good for the Hubs, who did everything they could defensively to make a match of it, but simply did not have enough offense to avoid a 25-16, 25-17, 25-18 sweep in the 2A West semifinals.

"It's disappointing that we lost, but we had a good season," said North coach Megan Crawford, whose relatively young team finished .500 at 8-8. "We have grown, and you can obviously see that. It's going to be exciting to see them keep growing and developing for next season."

FSK (15-1) showed its talent right from the start. Four Eagles had two or more kills in Game 1, and the defense held the Hubs to just two kills in the game. FSK made 14 errors to make the score closer than the game actually was.

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"The first game, we didn't pass well. Halfway through the second game, we got our passing going but we couldn't put the ball down," Crawford said. "They were the scrappiest team we've seen defensively all year. They're a very good team."

North played a little bit better in Games 2 and 3. In Game 2, Anna Wade had three kills, Autumn Fisher had two kills and two aces, and Megan Plume had five assists. In Game 3, Wade and Fisher each had two kills and Plume had five more assists.

But FSK was relentless in its attack, which came from everywhere. Cristine Isenberg finished the match with 12 kills, Kellee Stonesifer had 10 and Brittany Lethbridge and Megan Gillispie had six each. Megan Frye was superb with 32 assists.

Alyssa Collier (24 digs) and Plume (19 digs) did everything they could to stem the onslaught, but North was overwhelmed.

"We were on defense basically all night," Crawford said.

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