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Blazers serve up sweep of South

October 27, 2009|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

CLEAR SPRING -- Clear Spring's five seniors made sure the Blazers won on Senior Night, sweeping South Hagerstown 25-11, 25-14, 25-19 on Tuesday night in the MVAL Antietam to clinch second place in the conference.

"All of the seniors started the match on Senior Night, which was fun," defensive specialist Damara McDonough said. "We were just getting ready for the playoffs. It was a good way to end our last regular season home match."

McDonough had 10 service points, including eight straight during the second game, for the Blazers (10-3, 6-1).

"We do service drills every day," McDonough said. "We were really focused today. We were covering everything really good. Whenever the plays got out of sync, we pulled together and won the point. We have been doing really well this year. We feel that we have a chance to do really well in the playoffs, if we stay focused, work hard and finish the plays."

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Lindsay Lacy had 14 digs, 12 service points, seven kills and four aces for Clear Spring. Megan Micco had 29 assists and 13 digs, Lily Pinkham had 16 kills and Hannah House added seven kills.

Rebecca Pearl finished with five kills and six service points for the Rebels (7-7, 3-4). Megan Vance added eight assists and Morgan McCoy had three kills.

Pinkham had four straight service points in the first game to increase Clear Spring's advantage to 10-3. Emily Winters added four more service points to extend the Blazers' lead to 24-10. Two points later, Pinkham's kill ended the game.

South raced out to a 5-1 lead in the second game. Clear Spring rallied to tie the score at 13 before McDonough's service string made it 21-13. Lacy got the final three service points of the game.

There were several lead changes in the third game. Three straight service points by Lacy helped the Blazers pull out to a 20-16 lead.

"There was a lot of energy," Clear Spring coach Kim Malphurs said. "The biggest thing that I saw was that we were opening up to pass. We missed a few serves early on. Then we got focused on our serving and we got that straightened out. I think that we were very aggressive at the net. There were a lot of blocked balls and the coverage was fair."

JV: Clear Spring, 25-19, 25-19.

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