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Confident Hubs don't worry about Rebels

November 07, 2011|By DAN KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com
  • North Hagerstown's Autumn Fisher (13) lets out a scream to celebrate after finishing a point during the third game of the Hubs' 3-0 sweep of South Hagerstown in the Maryland Class 3A West quarterfinals. Mollie Johnson (6) and Brynne Kirsch congratulate Fisher for her play.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — North Hagerstown began its quest for the Maryland Class 3A state volleyball championship with a routine 25-7, 25-14, 25-14 victory over rival South Hagerstown in a Class 3A West quarterfinal on the Hubs’ court Monday night.

The Hubs will travel to face second-seed Thomas Johnson in a semifinal on Wednesday.

North (13-2) is on a nine-match winning streak since losing a five-game thriller to MVAL Antietam champion Williamsport on Sept. 26. In addition, the Hubs won the Hedgesville Tournament on Oct. 15 — beating West Virginia’s top-ranked Class AAA team, Musselman, 2-1 in a best-of-3 final.

“Ever since the Hedgesville tournament, beating Musselman gave us some confidence,” North coach Megan Crawford said. “Hopefully we’ll keep playing hard and bring the intensity to the floor.”

South (3-13) had no answers for the Hubs’ front line, which finished with 35 kills and 10 blocks to the Rebels’ 13 kills and two blocks.

Brynne Kirsch ran the offense with 27 kills, and Autumn Fisher (14 kills, five blocks), Peyton Wallech (nine kills, four blocks) and Iman Scott (five kills, three blocks) did most of the damage.

“Right now, we’re pretty confident, but we can’t let anyone get in our way,” said Fisher, a senior. “We’re all very excited and very pumped. Everyone cheered every point tonight, and we’re very team-oriented.”

North scored 17 of the final 19 points in Game 1 to easily pull away. South made 13 errors in the game. Wallech had three kills and two blocks, and Fisher added four kills.

The Rebels played better in Game 2 — making just seven errors — but a 6-1 run gave the Hubs 15-9 lead, and North later closed the game out with an 8-2 run. Fisher had six kills and a block, and Wallech added five kills and a block.

An 11-0 run took the suspense out of Game 3, as the Hubs raced to a 17-7 lead. Scott came to life with three kills and three blocks, and Fisher had four kills and four blocks.

Mollie Johnson had 14 digs and Kirsch added 13 digs to lead North’s defense.

Regan Marshalleck had 13 digs, Chelsea Scott had eight digs and Hayley Freeman added five kills and seven digs for South. Victoria Pearl had nine assists.

“It’s a tough year for us,” said Rebels coach Chuck Weaver. “I said at the beginning of the season we were building, and we are. With only two seniors and a lot of young players, to go up against North, it’s tough. We’ve had some shining moments, just not enough.”

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