CLEAR SPRING — Clear Spring’s volleyball team scrapped its way to a 25-17, 25-19, 24-26, 25-20 victory over South Hagerstown for the Blazers’ first MVAL Antietam victory of the season.
Clear Spring (4-8, 1-5) easily won the first game thanks in large part to 10 service points by Alexa Mills, but the Blazers’ troubles began in the second game.
South Hagerstown (0-11, 0-5) kept the game close — never trailing by more than three points — until Sarah Blickenstaff served four straight points with the help of three of Kyleigh Stottlemyer’s four blocks in the game to make the score 22-17.
Blickenstaff had 12 service points and eight digs in the match, and Stottlemyer had 11 kills and five blocks.
“This has been one of those seasons where we play our hearts out each and every match,” said Clear Spring coach Sabrina Lee. “We’ve had games this season where we scrap for every point, and it’s great that we came out on the winning side tonight.”
The Rebels found life in the third game. Clear Spring and South matched each other point for point right up to a 24-24 tie, but South scored the final two points to avoid the sweep.
“There were times in the game when we played strong and others when we faltered,” said Rebels coach Chuck Weaver. “Tonight, we faltered at the worst times.”
Sarah Elwood earned five of her 11 service points in the match to give the Blazers a 5-0 lead to begin Game 4, but the Rebels settled down after a timeout and battled back for an 8-6 lead. After trading serves on seemingly every point, the Rebels inched out to a 19-16 lead. But Mills’ three-point service run tied the game, which Clear Spring eventually won.
“We rely on her, she’s one our most reliable players,” Lee said of Mills, who had 20 service points, eight kills, and five digs for the match. “She’s set the tone on this team with her leadership and consistency.”
Elwood led the Blazers with 20 assists, and Morgan Purdham held her side of the front line with seven kills and seven blocks.
Pearl had 11 service points, Scott had four kills and eight digs, Freeman had five digs, Bobbi Burnett had 11 service points and six kills, and Alexis Shaffer added six service points, three kills, and three blocks for the Rebels.
“We play strong for a few points and we falter, and we play a few points and we falter. It’s been the story of our season,” said Weaver. “We don’t play strong to 25.”