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Real McCoy shows up at net to help Rebels reach West final

November 12, 2009|By CURT HORNBECKER/Staff Correspondent

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    When the South Hagerstown volleyball team needed a lift, Morgan McCoy was at her animated best.

    With Game 3 tied at 8, the Rebels senior registered five kills in an 11-2 run as South swept Watkins Mill 25-12, 25-16, 25-15 in the Maryland 3A West regional semifinals on Wednesday.

    South advances to play Damascus in the West final on Friday.

    "We really came together and played our game," said McCoy. "That's what we've been waiting for. We definitely played our best tonight."

    Crisp passing and pinpoint sets from Megan Vance provided the Rebels' arsenal with plenty of opportunities at the net.

    "We've been working on that for the last two weeks," said South coach Chuck Weaver. "Our serve-receive and defense is where things get started. If we can get the ball to the net, we've got the guns."

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Watkins Mill found that out the hard way.

McCoy, Emma Stahl, Becca Pearl and Kara Henson combined for 41 kills compared to just 15 for the Wolverines.

"I've been telling them all season when they're in the game and not just at the game, they've got game," said Weaver.

After committing just 10 errors in the first two games, South (9-7) had eight in Game 3. But McCoy's net play, as well as a pair of Stahl aces, put the game away.

McCoy, Stahl and Pearl combined for two kills apiece in the first game to pace a 15-5 run.

Henson got things going in Game 2 with four of her seven kills, igniting a 17-8 Rebels rally that included a pair of McCoy aces and five straight service points to end the game.

Four errors early in the final game kept things close, but McCoy was confident things would turn around.

"I knew the whole game we would come through," said McCoy. "Our attitude was great. We didn't let anything get us down. That's what gave us the win."

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