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HCC's serves turn out Knights

August 31, 2009

Hagerstown Community College's volleyball team began living up to its No. 10 NJCAA preseason volleyball poll ranking on Monday night.

The Hawks made a first impression by opening the season with a 25-14, 25-10, 25-15 sweep of Essex on Monday in a Maryland JuCo Conference match at the HCC athletic complex.

"The girls performed well tonight," HCC coach Beth Domenico said. "It was the first time that we had a consistent lineup. We didn't have that during the scrimmages."

Sophomore outside hitter Julia Becker led with team-high totals of 13 kills and five aces for HCC. Becker added eight service points and four digs.

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"I was just able to do what I had to do at the net," Becker said. "I just saw the open spots and I went for them. We had good team spirit tonight before we got started and then throughout the match. Our team has great potential for this season. We have a chance to go far."

Becker snapped a 1-1 tie in the opening game with four straight service aces to put HCC ahead for the rest of the game.

"My jump serve was working right at the beginning of the first game," Becker said. "I was able to put the ball right where I wanted it pretty much."

Rebecca Morgan collected 12 kills, nine service points, six digs and four aces for HCC.

Ashley Rebok got 15 assists and nine service points, while Sara Michael contributed 17 assists.

Hailee Growden added nine digs and seven service points, while Emma Dalton had eight service points and four kills for HCC.

Dalton chalked up five straight service points near the end of the first game to increase the Hawks' advantage to 21-10. Essex reduced the deficit to 21-14 before the Hawks closed them out on three service points by Rebok.

Morgan reeled off five consecutive points in the second game to give the Hawks a 15-4 advantage. Becker connected on some critical hits before serving a game point that was put down on a Brittany Malott kill.

Morgan had three straight service points in the third game to give HCC an 11-5 lead. Michael got a game-ending kill on a sideout to seal the match for the Hawks.

"Our passing was pretty consistent, which then leads to better hitting," Domenico said. "I can tell that we were concentrating more when we were serving tonight."

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