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Hart hopes Hawks don't skip a beat

September 08, 2010|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

Ty Hart has quite a legacy to live up to.

The first-year head coach of the Hagerstown Community College volleyball team takes the reins from Beth Domenico, who now serves as a volunteer coach for the Hawks.

All Domenico did was lead HCC to the Region XX title each of the last seven years and the Maryland JuCo Conference regular-season title in six of those years.

"We are going to miss Beth," Hart said. "She was by far the winningest coach in the region in the last nine years."

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Hart, an assistant coach under Domenico the last three seasons, will have six returning players and seven freshmen to help continue the Hawks' run of success.

"I think we definitely need some work," Hart said. "We have to work hard on serving and passing. We definitely have some potential."

The Hawks have three sophomore setters in Sara Michael (Winchester, Va.) and Ashlyn Rebok (Chambersburg, Pa.) and Tara Garver (Boonsboro), who returns after a year off.

"I think we're going to have the best setters in the region," Hart said.

Outside hitter Brittany Malott (Williamsport) and middle hitters Emma Dalton (Boonsboro) and Leah McSwain (Leesburg, Va.) are the other returning sophomores.

The freshman class has outside hitters Alison Griffith (Boonsboro), Brittany Gretsky (Gaithersburg, Md.) and Tkeyah Kopp (Hellertown, Pa.), middle hitters Morgan McCoy (South Hagerstown) and Yolonda Pinkcett (Martinsburg, W.Va.) and defensive specialists Cortney Silvis (Boonsboro) and Dominique Quesada (Thomas Johnson).

"We have some kids that can hit," Hart said. "We're going to have a good defense this year. Our matches are going to be fun to watch. We ought to be able to frustrate the other team."

The Hawks open up defense of their region title tonight when they play host to Allegany College of Maryland at 7 p.m.

"I hope that our team can once again contend for the championship," Hart said. "There are usually about three or four teams that can contend for the title. I really see a lot of potential in this team. We have got some athletic kids that can hopefully put it all together by the end of the year."

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