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Warriors learn from mistakes to repel Rebels

September 13, 2011|By CURT HORNBECKER | Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO — What a difference a week made for the Boonsboro volleyball team.

After being swept by Smithsburg in the season opener last week, the Warriors took it out on South Hagerstown with a resounding 25-18, 25-7, 25-12 victory Tuesday night in the MVAL Antietam.

“I think (the turnaround) was just a matter of them getting comfortable with one another,” said Warriors coach Andrea Parry.

Boonsboro (1-1, 1-1) was sparked by Shelby Griffith’s 18 service points, including 13 straight to start Game 2, and five of the Warriors’ 16 aces.

“(Shelby) is a very consistent server. (As a team) we had a very good service night,” said Parry. “We had three (service) errors all night tonight. That’s a really good percentage.”

As good as the Warriors were from the service line, they showed considerable improvement at the net, pounding out 26 kills.

“We haven’t played since last week,” said Parry, “so we got to focus a lot on our attacks.”

After cruising to a 13-0 Game 2 lead, the Warriors never let up, leading 17-2 and 20-4 before settling for the 25-7 rout.

“Not to take anything away from Boonsboro, but we beat ourselves tonight in all phases of the game,” said Rebels coach Chuck Weaver. “Game 1, we played pretty well. I’m happy with Game 1, but we beat ourselves up too much.”

Indeed, the Rebels (0-3, 0-1) stayed close in the first game, taking leads of 8-5 and 14-13 behind three Hayley Freeman kills. But Boonsboro went on a 12-4 run to claim the win.

Eight of Boonsboro’s 16 aces came in the final game, as the Warriors went on a 21-8 spree. Skyler Casto had four aces, while Griffith added three.

“Serve receive and ball control is definitely where our problem is,” said Weaver.

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