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Hubs give a hoot to stop Owls

September 08, 2009|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

The North Hagerstown volleyball team overcame a shaky start with a stronger finish for a 25-15, 19-25, 25-18 25-22 win over Westminster on Tuesday in a season-opening match.

"We didn't pass real well," North Hagerstown coach Megan Crawford said. "When we did pass well, we couldn't put the ball down in the first two games. In the next two games, we started putting it all together. We had too many unforced errors. I saw a lot of good things that we can build on for the next match."

North Hagerstown was up two games to one, but trailed 17-13 during the fourth game. The Hubs finished with a flurry, outscoring the Owls 12-5 to close out the match. Sophomore Mollie Johnson scored five straight service points to give the Hubs their first lead in the game at 21-19, but Westminster didn't waver.

Senior outside hitter Anna Wade closed out the match with a service ace to win the game and give the Hubs the victory.

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"Earlier, I made a mistake," Wade said. "I was thinking that I had to make it up. I knew the score was really close. When I was serving, I was thinking that I just needed to get it in. I thought about serving it short, because I knew that it was hard for passers. I served it short. I thought the ace was a good climax to the night."

Wade finished the evening with 11 service points and nine kills.

In the opening game, Wade snapped a 3-3 tie by reeling off seven straight service points to give North Hagerstown a 10-3 advantage. It set the tone for the Hubs for a five-point cushion throughout the game.

"I knew that I was starting to aim for spots," Wade said. "I felt that it helped my teammates bring up our energy in the game, because we were really down in the beginning.

"Coming into the match, we knew that this would set the stage for the season," Wade said. "We felt the pressure of the first match. We brought it together to get a win."

Megan Plume contributed 24 assists for North Hagerstown. Akilah McCall and Autumn Fisher got eight kills each, while Rachel Ober added eight service points for the Hubs.

Emily Armacost got 11 service points and Emily Spence had nine service points for Westminster.

"I thought that it was a well-played match by both teams," Westminster coach Joanne Brophy said. "We had some mental errors in the beginning that set us back a little bit. But overall, both teams played hard. Near the end of the match, North put the ball down more than we did. They executed their plays better and they had less mental errors."

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