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HCC"s 'service with a style' sweeps Cecil

September 19, 2009|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

Never underestimate the importance of a good serve to the game of volleyball.

Hagerstown Community College libero Hailee Growden experimented with a new serve style on Friday that paid dividends for the Hawks.

Growden scored a game-high 19 service points, including 12 aces, and nine digs as the Hawks swept Cecil Community College 25-12, 25-10, 25-17 in a Maryland JuCo Conference match at the HCC athletic complex. HCC (9-0, 4-0) is ranked No. 11 in the nation.

"I had struggled with my serving during the past few games," Growden said. "Tonight, I tried a (sidespin) serve. I toss it up with my left hand and I put a spin on it. Then, I hit it on the side with my right hand to put even more spin on the ball. It was exciting. It made me want to hit it even harder when I went back to the service line."

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HCC led 11-8 in the first game when Growden stepped up to the service line. She scored nine consecutive service points, including six aces, to blow the game open.

Growden added six straight service points during the second to give HCC a 24-9 advantage.

HCC trailed 14-13 during the third game when Growden came to the rescue. Growden served four straight points to give HCC the lead for good.

"We played really well," Growden said. "The only struggle we had tonight was with our passing. Overall, it was a pretty good match. We're definitely progressing and I think that we have the potential to win nationals."

Rebecca Morgan added 12 service points to go along with nine kills, seven aces and five digs for HCC. Sara Michael had 16 assists and six kills, while Ashlyn Rebok added 15 assists and seven kills for the Hawks. Brittany Malott got seven kills and Emma Dalton had nine service points.

"Tonight we really mixed up our serving," HCC coach Beth Domenico said. "Some of them were really back there on the line concentrating. We have been working on a few different serves in practice. Some of the girls were able to use them tonight."

Morgan ended each of the first two games with kills. Malott finished off the third game to seal the match for HCC.

"Right now, we are working on trying to compete well in next weekend's tournament in Genessee, N.Y.," Domenico said. "We will be playing the No. 1 ranked team in the country: Columbus State, Ohio."

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