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Hawks handle Rockville

September 30, 2009|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

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    It wasn't always pretty, but the Hagerstown Community College volleyball team managed to sweep the Rockville Knights 25-14, 25-21, 25-12 on Wednesday night in a Maryland JuCo match at the HCC athletic complex.

    "I think coming off of a big weekend, my girls might have been tired and they played like it," Hawks coach Beth Domenico said. "Now is the time of the season when we need to start progressing and getting better. I think that we need to go back to practice and work on some of our skills."

    Sophomore outside hitter Rebecca Morgan had 15 kills, nine service points and six digs to lead HCC (15-3, 5-0) over Rockville (6-5, 4-2).

    Morgan was at her best in the final game.

    "I always enjoy getting those kills," Morgan said, "but I need to keep bringing them and staying consistent. When I was getting those kills, it was just me doing my part for my team. I couldn't do it without my passers and my setters."

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"When she is on her game, she is on her game," Domenico said. "She has the ability to take it over."

Morgan said there is still room for improvement for the Hawks, who are ranked 11th in NJCAA Division II.

"We are pleased that we won," Morgan said, "but it was one of those wins where we were happy and we were disappointed with the way that we played, because we have so much potential. After the match, we talked about what each of us can do to improve individually. If all of us can do that, then it will all come together."

Ashley Rebok had 21 assists and 13 service points, while Hailee Growden made 14 digs for HCC. Sara Michael had 10 assists and five kills, Julia Becker had six kills and four digs and Emma Dalton added four kills.

Morgan's run of five service points gave HCC a 7-1 lead in Game 1. The Hawks led by at least five points the rest of the game.

Rockville led 20-18 in Game 2 before the Hawks outscored the Knights 7-1 at the end.

Rebok reeled off six straight service points in the Game 3 to give the Hawks a 20-8 advantage and get them on track to complete the sweep.

"Serving was the key to our team pulling out the win against Rockville tonight," Domenico said.

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