Blazers serve notice with victory over Wildcats

September 24, 2009|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

CLEAR SPRING -- Defensive specialist Damara McDonough specialized in offense Thursday night for the Clear Spring Blazers.

McDonough broke open a close match by serving 14 straight points in the second game, helping the Blazers open up their MVAL Antietam Conference schedule by sweeping the Williamsport Wildcats 25-18, 25-9, 25-20.

"We have been doing serve drills every day in practice and that helps out a lot," McDonough said. "I was just serving in different spots. I mixed it up. I feel like we have got it all going for us. We have a lot of fun together and we fight hard."

Clear Spring (4-1, 1-0) led 6-5 in the second game when McDonough cut loose with her service string, building a commanding 20-5 advantage. McDonough had three aces in that string.


"Damara has tremendous focus," Clear Spring coach Kim Malphurs said. "She's proven herself over and over. Even when the crowd gets on her, she doesn't miss. She continues to practice her serving a lot. She has really improved her serve. I rely on her going to the service line a lot."

Lily Pinkham had 13 kills and four aces, while Megan Micco contributed 33 assists and four blocks for Clear Spring. Lindsay Lacy had 19 digs and 10 kills, while Hannah House added nine kills and four blocks for the Blazers.

Samantha Kelly had six kills and Paige Kitchen had seven assists for the Wildcats (2-3, 0-1).

"I have to give all of the credit to Clear Spring," Williamsport coach Emily Crabtree said. "They came ready to play tonight. We were on defense all night. We couldn't get our offense going. They just kept hitting at us from all angles."

"The girls just work together and play with confidence," Malphurs said. "They don't get down. We made saves tonight that were phenomenal."

Clear Spring also swept the JV match, 25-18, 25-20.

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