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Hawks volleyball seeks another run to NJCAA nationals

September 04, 2012|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — Hagerstown Community College volleyball coach Ann Reynolds is hoping the Hawks will be able to repeat the success they had last year.

In 2011, HCC finished 27-9 overall, won the Maryland JuCo Conference with a perfect 13-0 record, then won the Region XX Tournament to advance to the NJCAA Division II national tournament for the ninth straight year.

“I am looking forward to a really good season,” Reynolds said. “I definitely feel that we have a chance to contend for another championship. They have been working really hard in practice. They have good attitudes and they are team players. I feel really good about what I have seen in the preseason scrimmages. They did a really good job of playing together for the first time.”

The Hagerstown Community College squad features plenty of local talent — nine of the 10 players are from Washington County.

The four returning sophomores are setter Paige Kitchen (Williamsport), outside hitter Emmalyn Stahl (South Hagerstown), middle hitter Elise Manning (Catoctin) and right-side hitter Victoria Broadwater (Grace Academy), who doubles as a defensive specialist.

The six incoming freshmen are setter Summer Neff (Williamsport), outside hitter Callie Butts (Heritage Academy), libero Tiffany Rohrer (Boonsboro), middle hitter Kelsey Koontz (Grace Academy), right-side hitter Lyndsay Himes (Hancock) and defensive specialist Erika Lawrence (North Hagerstown).

“All of our returning sophomores are going to play team roles,” Reynolds said. “All of our incoming freshmen are athletic and they have been working hard learning our offense and defense. I think our strength will be our defense. We have really scrappy players and they work hard back there. We also have some pretty tough offensive players, too.”

HCC will open its season today against Catonsville at 6 p.m.

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