Broadfording's services take away Panthers' smiles

September 19, 2011|By DAN KAUFFMAN |
  • Hancock's Sara Wagner (6) unloads a kill over the outstretched hands of Broadfording's Maria Pifer. But the Lions' serving was too much for the Panthers in the end.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Broadfording’s volleyball team was too potent from the service line for Hancock to handle on Monday night, as the Lions finished with 20 aces in a 25-9, 25-22, 25-17 sweep.

“That was one of the more consistent matches we’ve had serving-wise,” Broadfording coach Joe Cartwright said. “We were struggling early in the season. We also did a better job setting up our hitters more effectively.”

Sarah Couch (seven kills, five aces, two blocks) and Maria Pifer (six kills, six aces) led the way for the Lions (5-2), while Jessica Kelbaugh (four aces), Kierra White (three aces) and Katie Connolly (seven assists, three kills, two aces) all gave Hancock (3-3) some trouble on serve receive.

“They had some good, hard serves,” Panthers coach Laura Baker said. “We were struggling on serve receive the first game, and in the second game when our passes were better, we weren’t able to put it down in the front row. It goes back to ... that team chemistry and everybody doing their job consistently.”

Anne Hunt added six assists for Broadfording.

Alisa Shives had four assists, three kills and two aces, while Lyndsay Himes added four kills and three aces to lead Hancock. Tiffany Younker had four assists and Sara Wagner added three kills.

Pifer had four aces in a seven-point Lions run that gave them a 12-4 lead in Game 1. Another seven-point run — six coming on Panthers errors — made it 22-8 on the way to an easy win.

Broadfording took control of Game 2 with an eight-point run that made it 23-12, as Couch sparked it with two kills and three aces. The Lions made eight errors after that point and Hancock scored the next eight points to make a game of it, but Couch came up with two more kills late to seal a 2-0 lead.

An 11-point run in Game 3 turned a 12-10 Panthers lead into a 21-12 Lions advantage, with Pifer (two aces), Couch (one kill, one block) and Connolly (two kills) all contributing. Kelbaugh ended the match with two aces.

“(Sarah and Maria) are our two most consistent all-around players, and right now our team relies on them a little bit,” Cartwright said. “They lift us up.”

JV: Broadfording, 2-1.

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