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HCC makes its experience count

September 23, 2010|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

Hagerstown Community College proved experience counts for something.

In matches, it almost counts for everything.

The Hawks pitted their contingent of five sophomores against a Chesapeake College team had no upperclassmen on Wednesday and rolled to a 25-5, 25-12, 25-9 sweep in a Maryland JuCo Conference match.

"I think that our team is more experienced than some of the other teams in the conference," HCC coach Ty Hart said. "That seems to give us an advantage."

In this match, HCC had more numbers, too. The Hawks carry five sophomores and seven freshmen on their squad while the Skipjacks countered with just eight freshman players.

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Sophomore middle hitter Emma Dalton led HCC with 17 service points, eight kills and five aces.

"I just placed the ball," Dalton said. "When I found my target, I just kept serving in the same spot. We played really well together. We communicated and we kept our errors low. We still have a pretty big amount of work to do. I think that we will show progress by the end of the season. We have a lot of potential, if everything clicks together right."

Tara Garver added 11 service points and eight service aces for the Hawks, while Ashlyn Rebok finished with 12 assists, nine service points, six aces and six kills. Sara Michael added 10 assists, nine kills and three aces for HCC.

"All 12 of our players contributed in some way tonight," Hart said. "We have a lot of depth on our team. It gives me a lot of combinations that I can use."

Dalton reeled off 10 straight service points in the first game to help HCC (4-0 conference, 4-4 overall) build a 15-2 advantage.

"We took control early in the match," Hart said. "Emma Dalton served very well for us early in the first game. Our aggressive serving caused the other team to give us a lot of free balls that we were able to convert into points."

Garver put together six consecutive points to increase the Hawks' advantage to 24-4. After Chesapeake (0-6, 0-6) broke the run, HCC closed the game on a sideout.

In the second game, Dalton strung together five points to lift the Hawks to a 7-3 lead. HCC's lead grew from there. Rebok put down a game-ending kill for the Hawks.

In the third game, Morgan McCoy and Rebok each scored five straight service points to help the Hawks bolt to a 15-4 lead. Cortney Silvis added four straight service points to extend HCC's advantage to 22-6. Michael notched the Hawks' final two service points, the final one coming on a match-ending kill by Garver.

"We have been working hard in practice to cut down on our attacking errors," Hart said. "I think that we still have a lot of room to grow."

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