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'Cats' Seese comes up aces in win

September 24, 2010|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT -- With Clear Spring holding a 12-11 lead over Williamsport in the deciding fifth game of Thursday night's MVAL Antietam volleyball match, junior outside hitter Katie Seese knew she had to turn her serving ability up a notch for the Wildcats.

Seese dialed it with four straight service points -- three on aces -- as Williamsport remained undefeated with a 25-18, 19-25, 25-22, 23-25, 15-12 victory.

"My serving in the beginning wasn't that good," said Seese, who also had six kills in the match. "I was off and I was a little nervous. But at the end, I knew what I needed to do for the team. I just took my time and made sure that I got the ball over.

"The ace on match point was exciting. I was just glad that we got the win that we fought so hard for. I am proud of the team for playing good together and fighting hard."

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The Wildcats were led by 6-foot-1 sophomore middle hitter Stacey Christy, who finished with 20 kills and 12 blocks.

"I think I did really good at the net," Christy said. "I had a lot of kills. Our blocking improved tonight. We just have to go out there and play as hard as we can. I think we fought hard. We put it down a little harder in the beginning, then we went through a dry spell. At the end, we realized we had to pick it up and we did what we had to do to play our game."

Summer Neff had 18 assists, while Paige Kitchen added 14 assists for Williamsport (5-0, 1-0). Trisha Leigh -- who leads Washington County players in digs per game -- anchored the back row again with 38 digs. Sam Kelly had six kills and Allison Gulnac added five kills and four blocks.

"We were down, but it was a good fight that we were able to come back with, especially in that fifth game," Wildcats coach Emily Crabtree said. "Our team just rose to the occasion when we had to in the final moments of Game 5. We dug deep and worked hard right down to the last point. It was a hard-fought match by both teams. I give all of the credit to Clear Spring. They played their hearts out. You hate to see somebody lose a great match like that."

Lily Pinkham had 14 kills, eight blocks and 13 digs for Clear Spring (2-3, 0-1). Sarah Elwood had 14 digs and Emily Winters added 10 digs and four kills. Morgan Purdham made five blocks and Abby Hoosier had six assists.

"I thought we played exceptionally well," Blazers coach Kim Malphurs said. "This was the lineup that I thought was strong, and I was comfortable with it. With this being the first conference match, I am very proud of the way we played. If we can build upon this, we should be looking pretty good come playoff time."

Kitchen's string of four service points and Neff's string of five service points helped Williamsport build a 19-7 advantage on the way to a Game 1 win.

Megan Micco served six straight service points to give Clear Spring a 15-9 lead en route to victory in Game 2.

Games 3 and 4 went to the wire. The Wildcats clinched Game 3 on Kitchen's kill on game point. The Blazers sealed Game 4 on a game-ending block by Purdham.

Williamsport swept the JV match, 25-13, 25-11.

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