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HCC makes connections to turn back Souuthern Maryland

HCC makes connections to turn back Souuthern Maryland

October 05, 2009|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

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    It was junior college volleyball played in a Super Bowl atmosphere on Monday at the Hagerstown Community College athletic complex.

    The top two teams in the Maryland JuCo Conference squared off. There were many a party setting in the stands as pink T-shirts and pink decorations abound as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

    And HCC used the comeback trail to get a victory. After losing the opening game, HCC swept the last three to score a 23-25, 25-18, 25-17, 25-22 victory over the College of Southern Maryland.

    "What we struggled with in the beginning was passing," HCC coach Beth Domenico said. "We ended up passing well enough to win the match. I think the reason why we started passing better was that some of the nervousness got under control. We knew College of Southern Maryland was going to give us a tough match tonight and we tried to get our team prepared for that."

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HCC (17-3, 8-0) trailed 13-12 in the second game before taking control. Middle hitter Emma Dalton scored eight consecutive service points to give HCC the spark that it needed to get a 20-13 advantage to tie the match.

"Our serving was a lot better," Dalton said. "I just had to place the ball where I thought it should be. It felt really good to get that string of points. I just felt that our hitting was powerful and we did good on blocking. During the previous two matches, we hadn't been playing well. Tonight, we came together and played like we know how to."

Dalton finished with 17 service points, four digs and three blocks.

Ashlyn Rebok contributed 27 assists, 14 service points and eight digs for HCC, while Sara Michael collected 20 assists and seven kills and Julia Becker got 19 kills and six digs. Rebecca Morgan added 18 kills and six digs, while Hailee Growden added nine digs for HCC.

Becker closed out the fourth game and the match with a kill to seal the victory for HCC.

Ashley Wolfe got 11 service points and Kelsey Loss had 10 service points for College of Southern Maryland (22-5, 6-1).

Mazi Tucker and Wolfe were provided clutch kills and blocks in the first game to help College of Southern Maryland win its only game.

"I just think the girls just gradually got better tonight, which helped tremendously," Domenico said. "I think we served very well tonight. The team ended on a very positive note."

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