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Prep volleyball: Motivated Wildcats sweep Blazers

September 04, 2012|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent
  • Williamsport celebrates after scoring a point against Clear Spring during Tuesday's volleyball match.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

WILLIAMSPORT — The Williamsport volleyball team is dedicating its 2012 season to former player Samantha Kelly, who was killed in an automobile accident in early May, one month before she was to graduate.

Kelly would have been proud of the Wildcats on Tuesday after a season-opening sweep of the Clear Spring Blazers, 25-16, 25-10, 25-14 in the MVAL Antietam.

“For this whole season, we are wearing Sam Kelly warm-up T-shirts,” Williamsport coach Emily Crabtree said. “That is a motivator for this team.”

Senior Stacey Christy, a 6-foot-2 middle hitter who has verbally committed to Virginia Tech, played a fine match at the net for Williamsport, finishing with with eight kills and two blocks.

“I thought I did pretty well at the net,” Christy said. “I did what I had to do for my team. I am really proud of my team. We were really nervous  because it was our first match. We pulled together as we played the way that Sam would want us to and pulled out the win. I think that we performed really well and we talked really good.”

“Stacey can dominate, if she wants to,” Crabtree said. “She played well tonight, but I have seen her play better.”

Courtney Malott had 11 service points and eight kills, while Emily Taylor dished out 22 assists for the Wildcats. Haley Wolff had 13 service points and Lindsey Mowbray added seven kills.

“I think Courtney stepped up tonight,” Crabtree said. “She had some strong hitting. I think we played with a lot of emotion for a first match. For the most part, I was pleased with the way that we played. However, we still have some work to do.”

Olivia Rowe had five kills and Kyleigh Stottlemyer added four kills for Clear Spring. Sarah Elwood had six digs and five assists, while Sarah Blickenstaff added six digs.

“We never found our groove the entire night,” Clear Spring coach Sabrina LeHew said. “It is hard to score points when you have no continuity. Williamsport is a good team and you have to bring your ‘A’ game to play them. We did not bring ours tonight. I know there is a lot of potential. I believe in this team. I need for them to believe in themselves the way that I believe in them.”

JV: Williamsport, 2-1 (25-17, 20-25, 15-12).

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