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Hubs' attack ruins Rebels

September 24, 2010|By DAN KAUFFMAN
  • North Hagerstown's Peyton Wallech (10) rips a kill attempt past the block of South Hagerstown's Bobbi Burnett (13) during Thursday night's MVAL Antietam volleyball match.
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    For a 26-point stretch of Game 1 of Thursday night's MVAL Antietam volleyball match between city rivals North and South Hagerstown, the Rebels played well enough to throw a little scare into the home-standing Hubs.

    Then North scored 58 of the final 72 points in the match to roll to a 25-15, 25-4, 25-10 victory.

    "Game 1, I was happy with our play," South coach Chuck Weaver said. "We're a young team, and I thought we had good ball control and we played well even though we're in (North's) gym, which we never play well here.

    "I thought we'd come out good in Game 2, but instead ..."

    The Hubs (4-1, 1-0) scored the first six points of Game 1 before the Rebels (1-5, 0-1) took advantage of some poor North passing as well as their own solid serving to win 15 of the next 26 points and cut North's lead to 17-15.

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South had five kills and three aces in the 26-point stretch. The Rebels had just four kills and two aces the rest of the match.

"Our passing went away the first game, and how many serves did we miss?" asked Hubs coach Megan Crawford, whose team had three service errors and seven total errors in Game 1 -- the same number it had in the final two games combined. "When we don't serve well, we don't play well. ... Consistency is what we need to work on."

North's attack was impressive, finishing with at least 12 kills in each game and 37 for the match. Akilah McCall led the Hubs with 10 kills despite sitting out Game 3. Peyton Wallech had nine kills and Autumn Fisher added eight. Brynne Kirsch -- the Washington County leader in assists per game -- finished with 28.

"Brynne's doing a good job mixing everything up, and we've got our whole offense in," Crawford said. "Peyton, for a sophomore, the way she's playing, we're very fortunate."

The Hubs also had 10 aces -- Rachel Ober and Mollie Johnson each had three. Defensively, Wallech and Fisher each had two blocks, Sam Roberts had nine digs and Johnson added seven digs.

Victoria Pearl had six assists for South. Courtney Showe had two kills and three aces, Hayley Freeman had two kills and an ace, and Bobbi Burnett also had two kills.

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