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Hubs stay perfect with sweep

October 06, 2009|By DAN KAUFFMAN

HAGERSTOWN -- Megan Plume had 31 assists and directed North Hagerstown's balanced attack as the Hubs remained undefeated with a 25-15, 25-20, 25-22 sweep of Williamsport in Tuesday night's MVAL Antietam match.

"It was nice that we weren't relying on one person tonight," North coach Megan Crawford said. "Williamsport was scrappy tonight, they didn't let a lot fall."

The Wildcats (2-7, 0-4) -- who dressed just seven players -- played a solid match but couldn't quite overcome the deeper Hubs (9-0, 4-0). North made fewer errors -- 20 to Williamsport's 26 -- and had 36 kills compared to 28 for the Wildcats.

"We got off to a sluggish start, but we came alive in Games 2 and 3," Williamsport coach Emily Crabtree said. "I'm happy with the way we played, it just didn't show on the scoreboard."

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Anna Wade had 11 kills, Akilah McCall had nine, Peyton Wallech had eight and Autumn Fisher added five kills and three blocks for North.

In Game 1, Wade had six kills and Fisher, Plume, McCall and Wallech each added two as the Hubs dominated. North made just three errors in the game and never trailed after taking a 4-0 lead, despite Samantha Kelly coming up with five kills for the Wildcats.

Williamsport scored the first five points of Game 2, and actually produced a better attack in the game than the Hubs, finishing with 11 kills to North's eight. But the Wildcats made 11 errors to the Hubs' seven, and North's four aces and two blocks made up the rest of the difference.

The Wildcats started Game 3 much like Game 2, racing to a 4-0 lead behind Paige Kitchen's three aces.

"We had breakdowns in serve receive, nobody was moving or talking," Crawford said. "Once we got that straightened out, we passed good. But we can't dig that hole and always get out of it."

North erased a 7-3 Williamsport lead with an eight-point run and never trailed again. Plume had 13 assists in Game 3, with Wallech and McCall each finishing with four kills, Wade scoring three and Fisher adding two.

For the match, Bailey Mandeville had 14 digs and Mollie Johnson added 12 digs for the Hubs. Plume had four aces.

Kitchen had 23 assists and five aces for Williamsport, nicely making the adjustment to a 5-1 offense.

"It's tough when you have to run all over the place because our passing wasn't very good, but she did a nice job," Crabtree said.

Kelly had 10 kills and nine digs, Allison Gulnac had five kills and two blocks, Trisha Leigh had five kills and 10 digs, Emily Snyder had 13 digs, Summer Neff had seven digs and Ariah Giles added four kills for the Wildcats.

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