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Panthers overcome mistakes

September 10, 2010|By CURT HORNBECKER/Staff Correspondent

HANCOCK -- Sometimes guarantees are unwanted.

Laura Baker said it was "guaranteed" that her Hancock volleyball players will spend extra time practicing their serves after a 16-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-11 victory over Saint James.

Baker has been trying to impress upon her Hancock volleyball team the importance of accurate serves, and a closer look at Thursday's games might just accomplish that goal.

The Panthers overcame 26 service errors in securing the win, and only two of those errors came in the fourth game, a relatively easy 14-point win.

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A healthy dose of Maureen Leavy didn't hurt, either.

Last season's All-County Honorable Mention selection pounded out 16 kills and an equal number of service points -- including 10 aces -- to spark the win.

"She holds the team together," said Baker. "She knows herself. She knows what she needs to do to keep the team together."

After winning the first game, Saint James (0-2) held a 17-16 advantage in Game 2 before watching the Panthers (2-0) reel off five straight points, and Leavy contributed a kill and four service points in the run.

"We got down, and it was hard to come back," said Saints coach Sabrina Lee. "Our faces dropped. The intensity dropped right out of us. We have to believe that just because we're down, it doesn't mean we're out."

Hancock raced to a 6-0 lead at the start of Game 3 behind five straight Lyndsay Himes service points, and never looked back.

Four aces and six straight service points from Leavy broke open game four, giving the Panthers a 14-6 lead, and Himes added the finishing touches with eight straight service points to clinch the win. Hancock finished the game with an 18-5 run.

Himes finished the match with 20 service points, six aces and seven kills.

Four Taylor Deveaux kills and 10 service points from Jordan Wills led the Saints to their win in Game 1. Deveaux finished with 10 kills, and Wills added 14 service points for St. James.

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