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Hawks start with a sweep

September 08, 2010|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent
  • Hagerstown Community College's Yolonda Pinkcett sends her kill attempt over the net against Allegany College on Wednesday night.
By Joe Crocetta, Staff Photographer

Ty Hart's debut as Hagerstown Community College's head volleyball coach couldn't have gone much better Wednesday night as the Hawks swept Allegany College 25-13, 25-8, 25-13 in a Maryland JuCo Conference match at the HCC athletic complex.

"It's good anytime that you win," Hart said. "We served and passed a little bit better than they did. Usually the team that serves better is the one that comes out on top."

Setters Sara Michael and Ashlyn Rebok did a little bit of everything for HCC. Michael had nine assists, five aces and four kills, while Rebok added nine assists, five kills, four aces and three blocks.

"We played a 6-2 with Sara and Ashlyn as our setters all night," Hart said. "They are our most experienced players. Both of them also served very well. Sara is a very aggressive server. When she gets her serve in, it is very difficult for the other team to pass."

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Tara Garver had six digs and five aces, while Emma Dalton added five kills for the Hawks.

HCC controlled Allegany from start to finish.

In the first game, the Hawks raced out to a 9-3 lead and were never challenged again.

In the second game, HCC won 21 of the final 25 points after an early 4-4 tie. Michael snapped the tie with six straight service points to get the Hawks flying.

"Getting the serves in and the good passes were the keys to our win tonight," Michael said. "That was probably our main focus. I just went back to the line and told myself that I needed to get my serves in. I hit the ball hard and I managed to hit a few spots."

In the third game, four-point serving runs by Cortney Silvis and Michael allowed the Hawks to stretch a 14-10 lead to 22-11 and end all suspense.

"We were really excited about coming out and playing for the first time," Michael said. "We have a lot of work and improving to do. Overall, I would say it was pretty good for the first match."

Hart was able to play all 13 players and experimented with different combinations.

"We played OK, but I think that we can definitely play a little bit better," Hart said. "We are always looking to improve."

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