Hawks on track for lucky seventh

October 31, 2009|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN -- The Hagerstown Community College volleyball team is back in familiar territory: The Region XX final.

The Hawks swept their two matches Saturday at the HCC athletic complex to advance to the championship round of the Region XX Tournament.

HCC (30-7) beat Frederick 25-12, 25-16, 25-14 and Potomac State 25-14, 25-21, 25-16. The Hawks will play College of Southern Maryland for the title today at 11 a.m. If Southern Maryland wins, a final match will be played at 1 p.m.

HCC is trying to follow up a perfect Maryland JuCo season with its seventh straight Region XX Tournament title.

"I'm glad that our girls played in control enough to finish the day out with two wins," HCC coach Beth Domenico said. "That puts us in a good place for (today). I think our serving was very consistent today. We have really been working on our passing and our serving. I think it really paid off today."


Hailee Growden helped the Hawks to a good start against Frederick, getting 10 straight service points to give HCC a 24-10 lead.

"It was very invigorating to have that opportunity to help my team increase the lead," Growden said. "It was fun to find different spots on the floor and to see how much spin I could put on the ball."

Growden ended up with 14 service points against Frederick. Overall, Growden had eight digs and six aces.

Rebecca Morgan also did well at the service line for HCC with 13 service points against Frederick and 14 against Potomac State.

"I am very proud of the whole team," Growden said. "It's going to be hard for them to come out and beat us twice tomorrow. I think we have grown a lot since our first game."

Morgan had 22 kills, 10 digs and seven aces, Julia Becker had 27 kills and 12 digs, Sara Michael had 31 assists and five kills, Ashlyn Rebok had 26 assists and eight aces, Emma Dalton added 11 kills and Leah McSwain had six kills for HCC.

Potomac State beat Southern Maryland in five games in the first round, but Southern Maryland avenged that by sweeeping Potomac State in the losers' bracket final 25-18, 25-23, 25-17.

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