HAGERSTOWN — North Hagerstown showed it might have what it takes to be one of the county’s volleyball powers on Thursday in rousing fashion with an efficient 25-15, 25-11, 25-16 season-opening sweep of Francis Scott Key.
“In the first two games of the match, our passing was on,” said North Hagerstown coach Megan Crawford. “We had a few missed serves tonight, so that’s something we need to work on.”
The Hubs (1-0) imposed their will early and often against the Eagles, as senior hitter Autumn Fisher recorded four kills and three blocks and Alex Mandeville added three kills in Game 1. Fisher led North Hagerstown with 10 kills, six blocks and two aces.
“Autumn played really smart tonight. She anchored our front line,” said Crawford. “She along with (senior setter) Brynne (Kirsch) were able to run our offense when our passing was on.”
Things got a bit dicey for the Hubs in Game 3, when unforced errors allowed the Eagles to turn an 11-7 North lead into an 11-all tie. FSK stayed close, trailing only 16-15 until North Hagerstown’s eight-point run put the Hubs at match point.
FSK scored one more point before a Peyton Wallech kill sealed the victory for the Hubs.
Wallech had six kills and three blocks.
“Consistency is something we need to work on,” Crawford said. “FSK is a scrappy team and they were able to stay with us when we got a little lackadaisical there in game 3. We need to cut down on the errors.”
JV: North Hagerstown 25-7, 25-7.