DAMASCUS, Md. -- It was almost as if the No. 3 on the back of Samantha Edwards stood for the number of games it was going to take Damascus to dispose of South Hagerstown in Friday night's Maryland Class 3A West volleyball final.
If not for the Hornets senior, the 25-18, 25-17, 25-17 sweep of the Rebels would have been very unlikely.
"She's a stud, there's no doubt about it," said South coach Chuck Weaver of the 6-foot-1 outside hitter, who finished with 18 kills. "There were times when she was in the back (row) and we still couldn't take advantage, she was all over."
It was unclear what was more potent -- Edwards' attack or her serve. She set the tone in Game 1 with three kills to stake Damascus to a 6-3 lead, then stepped to the back line and served 10 straight points -- seven that went unreturned -- for a 16-3 advantage.