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Strong start lifts North past Liberty

September 14, 2009|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN -- The North Hagerstown volleyball team overpowered Liberty for two games Monday, then struggled in the last two games before pulling out a 25-13, 25-11, 23-25, 25-20 victory.

"In the first two games, we played very well and we passed well," Hubs coach Megan Crawford said. "We did all the little things. We played defense and we put the ball down. In the third and fourth games, we were missing serves and we were making mistakes that we usually don't make."

Crawford was happy North (3-0) pulled it together to close out Game 4 and the match.

"I was real pleased with how we didn't let up and how we finished the match," Crawford said. "Once we got our passing down and stopped making unforced errors, we were able to come back during the fourth game."

Junior outside hitter Akilah McCall excelled at the net for North with 22 kills.

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"I don't think that I would have been able to do what I did tonight without my team," McCall said. "You can't get a hit without a good pass and a good set. I was pretty much getting myself in good position to get the kills. The sets were where they were supposed to be."

Senior outside hitter Anna Wade had 18 service points and seven kills for the Hubs. Megan Plume had 38 assists, Autumn Fisher had 12 service points and eight kills, and freshman middle hitter Peyton Wallech added seven kills.

"We played a very well-coached team," Liberty coach Bryan Trumbo said. "But when it comes down to it, we only showed up to play two games: The third and the fourth. We just didn't have any energy at all during the first two games. What impressed me the most about North is that they are very scrappy. Just when you think you got the ball down, they somehow scramble and dive all over the floor to get it back up."

The first game was tight, with North leading Liberty (1-2) 15-12 before Wade served six straight points to pull away. Wade served eight straight points early in Game 2 for a 9-1 lead.

JV: North Hagerstown, 25-11, 25-17.

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