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College volleyball: Hawks start off with a sweep

September 05, 2012|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — The Hagerstown Community College volleyball team opened its season Wednesday in fine fashion by sweeping the Catonsville Community College Cardinals 25-12, 25-7, 25-5 in a Maryland JuCo Conference match.

“I think that nerves got to us in the first game. They started off a little slow,” HCC coach Ann Reynolds said. “Once they found their flow, they played their game. I thought that we played well in all aspects of the game, once we got over our jitters.”

Elise Manning performed well at the net — getting 11 kills and six blocks — and at the service line, tallying 13 service points.

“I thought I was on tonight,” Manning said. “I try to be a leader on the court and I try to be aggressive. In practice, we do everything quickly. Then when we do it in the games, it catches our opponents off guard.”

Tiffany Rohrer had 11 digs and nine service points for the Hawks. Victoria Broadwater had 13 digs, Paige Kitchen had 13 assists and Emma Stahl added seven kills for the Hawks.

With the Hawks trailing 7-6 in the first game, Manning reeled off seven straight service points to put the Hawks on top 13-7. Broadwater added four service points in a row to extend HCC’s lead to 18-9. Stahl, who had five kills in the first game, put together a string of five service points to increase the Hawks’ advantage to 24-10. HCC got the game point on a game-ending block by Kitchen.

Rohrer started off the second game with five service points and Broadwater later added four service points to build the Hawks’ lead to 18-4. Rohrer added four more service points in a row to raise the Hawks’ lead to 24-6. HCC got the game point on a kill by Manning.

Erika Lawrence got eight service points in a row in the third game to put HCC ahead 9-1. Summer Neff got seven straight service points to increase the Hawks’ advantage to 17-3. Manning got the final five service points, including a service ace on the match point, to seal the match for HCC.

“I think we have a lot of potential,” Manning said. “If we keep working hard, we will only get better. We were all ready for the season to begin.”

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