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Hawks keep rolling along

September 16, 2009|By CHRIS CARTER

FREDERICK, Md. - The Hagerstown Community College volleyball team got a rare taste Tuesday night.

The Hawks got a chance to feed their ego while also being dealt a slice -- even if it was a very small slice -- of humble pie.

Hagerstown was pushed to the brink of dropping only its second game of the season, but in the end the Hawks were able to run off the court with yet another sweep of a Region XX opponent as they posted a 25-17, 25-11, 25-22 victory over Frederick Community College.

The Hawks (8-0) have won 21 consecutive games since dropping one to Edison Community College at the Owens Tournament in Toledo, Ohio in early September.

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"This match helped because I think the girls needed another scare," said Hagerstown coach Beth Domenico. "Our team was challenged tonight, played a tough game and pulled through it."

The Hawks were challenged, if only for one game.

The third game saw 16 ties as neither team could muster any consistent momentum. Hagerstown faced its first deficit of the match in that game and the score was tied at 22 before either team could string together three straight points. 

Not surprisingly, that team turned out to be Hagerstown.

"I'm actually very proud of the girls," said Frederick coach Breanne Hathaway. "If we would have been able to get that last one we could have pushed it to a fourth, and maybe even a fifth game."

The notion of a five-game match seemed laughable after the first two games as Hagerstown built 10-point leads in each before ending both emphatically on kills by sophomore Rebecca Morgan.

Those games were much more characteristic of Hagerstown this season, as no team this season -- with the exception of Edison -- has come closer to stealing a game from the Hawks than Frederick (4-3) did in the third game Tuesday.

"It's nice to win like that be we know we have to keep going with it, keep pushing on," said Morgan, who was second on the team with 12 kills. "At least now we know that if we're down we can improve and win a close game."

Klonarda Nezaj led the Hawks with 14 kills, while Brittany Malott -- stepping in at outside hitter for the injured Julia Becker -- added five.

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