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Welch puts Wildcats on defensive

October 16, 2009|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT -- Boonsboro junior defensive specialist Amber Welch came off of the bench and proved that she can serve as well.

Welch had 20 service points -- including five aces -- to go along with 11 digs as the Warriors squeezed out a 22-25, 25-21, 21-25, 26-24, 16-14 victory over Williamsport on Thursday night in an MVAL Antietam volleyball match.

After taking two of the first three games, the Wildcats (4-8, 2-5) were ahead 3-1 in Game 4 when Welch reeled off nine consecutive points to give Boonsboro (6-5, 4-2) a 10-3 advantage and get the Warriors started on the comeback trail.

"I feel whenever we are down, I have to bring the team up," Welch said. "I feel like that I have to come through under pressure. We do a lot of serving in practice. Coach (Andrea) Parry really stresses getting the serve in. Without that, I probably wouldn't have done it. She has been a good coach."

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The Wildcats came back to tie Game 4 at 24 before the Warriors went ahead on a sideout. Sophomore Sydney Parks came up with a block on game point to even the match at 2-2.

Boonsboro started Game 5 with three service points by Welch. Williamsport quickly tied the score at 3, starting a trend where the Warriors would take a lead and the Wildcats would fight back.

Williamsport tied the game for the last time at 14. The Warriors took the lead on a sideout and Welch followed with a match-clinching ace.

"We pulled together at the very end as a team when it mattered the most," Parry said. "We had a lot of people contributing out there.

"We still have room for improvement, but we have already come a long way since the beginning of the season," said Parry.

Boonsboro has won three straight MVAL Antietam matches to pull even with North Hagerstown for third place in the conference standings. The Warriors swept the Hubs in their last match on Oct. 8.

Young had 20 digs, seven aces and seven kills for Boonsboro (6-5, 4-2). Becca Demers had 42 assists and 12 digs, Megan Long has 23 kills, 10 digs and seven blocks, Macy Fuscsick had 22 digs and Parks had nine kills and seven blocks.

Paige Kitchen had 37 assists, while Ariah Giles added 13 kills and six blocks for Williamsport (4-8, 2-5). Trisha Leigh had 38 digs and seven kills, Summer Neff had 25 digs, Sam Kelly had 17 kills and Allison Gulnac added five blocks.

"I am so proud of the things that happened tonight and the way that we played as a team," Williamsport coach Emily Crabtree said. "We played our hearts out. We gave it everything that we had. If we had one or two breaks in the match, the outcome could have been different."

JV: Williamsport, 25-16, 25-23.

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