Williamsport's serves make Rebels yell

September 20, 2011|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT — Serving was the name of the game for the Williamsport volleyball team on Tuesday night.

The Wildcats used excellent serving to sweep South Hagerstown 25-10, 25-18, 25-15 in a MVAL Antietam match.

“The serving was the key to our win tonight,” Williamsport coach Emily Crabtree said. “We only missed two serves all evening. We have consistent servers that put the ball in play.”

Senior Summer Neff strung together five straight service points in the first game to move Williamsport (4-0, 3-0) to a 17-7 advantage over South Hagerstown (0-4, 0-2). Junior Stacey Christy closed out the game by serving the final four points.

“I don’t place serves, I just serve,” Neff said. “I just try to get it in play. I just look at the final results of how we do as a team.”

Neff finished with 10 service points and 11 assists.

Sophomore Emily Taylor added 14 service points, while Christy had 13 kills, eight service points and six blocks for Williamsport. Kelly collected 15 digs and eight kills, Brooklyn Welch added 14 digs and Ariah Giles had seven service points for the Wildcats.

The Rebels led 18-16 in the second game when Taylor unloaded nine straight service points to finish out the game for the Wildcats.

Taylor added five consecutive points to enable Williamsport to build a 22-13 advantage in the third game. Shortly thereafter, the Wildcats sealed the match.

“We came out in the first game ready to play,” Crabtree said. “We struggled a little bit with our serve receive. I think that was due to South’s strong servers. I was pleased with our defense.”

Regan Marshalleck led South with 18 digs and Victoria Pearl contributed 11 assists. Lauren Fahrney got seven service points and five digs, while Bobbi Burnett had three kills for the Rebels.

“I thought that we played better tonight than what we have been playing,” South Hagerstown coach Chuck Weaver said. “I liked what I saw tonight, but we still have a lot of work to do.”

JV: Williamsport, 16-25, 25-22, 15-7.

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