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Key locks down Clear Spring in five

September 16, 2009|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

CLEAR SPRING -- Clear Spring and Francis Scott Key not only went the full five games Tuesday night, but the decisive fifth game went right to the wire.

FSK squeezed by the Blazers 21-25, 25-23, 25-18, 15-25, 16-14 in an MVAL intraconference matchup.

"We were close to winning Game 5," Clear Spring coach Kim Malphurs said. "But unforced errors put us out of the game. It was a good battle defensively between both teams. I just think they outplayed us on defense, especially in Games 2 and 3."

In the fifth game, Clear Spring (2-1) scored a point on a sideout to go up 14-13 and serve for the match, but the Blazers would not get another point.

Francis Scott Key (3-0) scored on a sideout to even the game at 14-14.

Megan Frye served for the final two points and Christine Isenberg came through with a match-ending block to seal the match for the Eagles.

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Kellee Stonesifer collected 29 digs and 17 kills for the Eagles. Isenberg had 23 digs and 17 kills, Frye had 40 assists, Addie Roop had 30 digs and Amber-Lynn Micheltree added 20 digs.

"I think we played pretty good defense and that was the key to the win tonight," FSK coach Tim Walsh said. "Our back row is playing well defensively. We are getting a lot of balls up. We just wanted to serve better, have a better transition and have a quicker offense."

Megan Micco had 42 assists and Lily Pinkham had 15 kills for the Blazers. Hannah House had 15 kills and 10 blocks and Breanne Purdham added 36 digs.

"I really thought the girls played well," Malphurs said. "We had a combination of unforced errors and lack of adjustment on defense. We were just out of position."

Clear Spring swept the JV match, 25-16, 25-14.

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