HCC volleyball team shakes off road blues with sweep of Southern Maryland

September 14, 2011|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent
  • HCC's Emma Stahl blocks the tip shot attempt by the College of Southern Maryland's Mariana Cruz (4) in the first game of the Hawks' sweep.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Life on the road was a lonely place for the Hagerstown Community College volleyball team. But in league games, the Hawks feel at home.

HCC continued its rebound from five losses suffered in a season-opening tournament in Toledo, Ohio, by sweeping past the College of Southern Maryland 25-19, 25-18, 25-14 for a second straight Maryland JuCo Conference victory on Wednesday at the HCC athletic complex.

“It was a good win against a good team,” HCC coach Ann Reynolds said. “But they outhustled us. When we played our game, things ran well. But we need to get more aggressive on defense. We still have to improve in quite a few areas. The girls have come a long way since the opening of the season. The tournament in Ohio opened our eyes.”

The win allowed HCC (2-5, 2-0) to extend its current hold on Southern Maryland (2-4, 1-1). The two schools have crossed paths often as they have met in the last four Region XX championship matches, all won by HCC.

Paige Kitchen, a 5-foot-5 freshman setter, led HCC with 20 assists and 20 digs.

“The biggest credit to my setting definitely goes to my coaches,” Kitchen said. “My setting has definitely come around a long way during the past couple of months. I have been blessed with hitters that can hit just about anything. Even if I don’t set it up perfect, they are still going to find a way to hit it.”

The key factor in HCC’s sweep started with defense.

“We have emphasized a lot of defense in practice lately,” Kitchen said. “We have been trying to get to our positions. All of the hard work that we have been putting into practice is finally paying off.”

Beaver reeled off four straight service points to establish HCC’s 18-15 advantage to set up the win in the first game.

Kitchen’s run of four straight points gave HCC the 18-11 advantage leading to the win in the second game.

Hudson gave HCC a 21-11 lead in the final game with her string of four service points.

Emma Stahl collected nine kills, nine service points and seven digs for HCC. Dani Hudson added 12 service points and six digs, while Danielle Beaver added 11 digs and five kills Cortney Silvis had 10 digs and seven kills, including two to end the second and third games, for HCC. Brittany Skrutski added 10 digs and four kills, while Elise Manning had five kills and three blocks for HCC.

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