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North sweeps city rivals

September 24, 2009|By DAN KAUFFMAN

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    HAGERSTOWN -- Here's a memo to the rest of the MVAL Antietam: North Hagerstown is legit.

    Megan Plume had 33 assists, Autumn Fisher had 18 kills and the undefeated Hubs made quick work of rival South Hagerstown 25-23, 25-12, 25-22 on Thursday night in the Antietam opener for both teams at South.

    "This is the best team I've ever played with," Plume said. "I can go to any hitter, and the passers get the ball to me. We've had confidence from the beginning (of the season). We believe in ourselves, and we kind of expected this, that if we play with our hearts, we'll play our best."

    Their best was pretty scary -- especially considering one of North's top attackers, senior Anna Wade, was out with a knee injury. Wade is expected to return next week.

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Fisher stepped up to fill Wade's void. She had six kills in the first 18 points of the match as the Hubs (6-0, 1-0) built a 14-4 lead in Game 1 before having to hold off a rally by South (3-3, 0-1).

"When we're warming up, I watch my hitters to see who's on, and Autumn was really on tonight," Plume said.

"This is probably the best match she's ever played," Hubs coach Megan Crawford said. "She's a sophomore and she's still learning how to see the block and find the holes. She was able to find the spots today."

North encountered no resistance in Game 2, rolling to a 19-4 lead as the Rebels made nine errors.

"We played our worst match tonight," South coach Chuck Weaver said. "They outpassed us, outset us and outserved us. We didn't get beat tonight, we lost. Every time we play them (at home), the big green monster jumps up and grabs us. We psych ourselves out."

Rebecca Pearl did everything she could to give the Rebels a win in Game 3, producing seven of her 19 kills. But it wasn't enough, as Fisher had six kills and freshman Peyton Wallech added four kills as North finished the sweep.

Akilah McCall had six kills for the match, Wallech had five and Mollie Johnson added four kills and 11 digs for the Hubs. They were the beneficiaries of Plume's setting, which was terrific.

"She hustles and lets everything out on the floor," Crawford said of Plume. "She gives everything she has every night. She's been playing since I can remember and she keeps improving."

Bailey Mandeville added 13 digs for the Hubs.

Megan Vance had 19 assists and seven service points for the Rebels. Pearl added eight digs.

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