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Prep volleyball: Williams powers Boonsboro past Clear Spring

September 18, 2012|By CURT HORNBECKER | Staff Correspondent
  • Boonsboro's Shelby Wallace (2) and Meredith Craig (9) block a kill attempt by Clear Spring's Kristen Mellott, right, in the third set of Tuesday night's MVAL Antietam volleyball match in Boonsboro.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

BOONSBORO — Andrea Parry wasn’t particularly happy with the number of mistakes her Boonsboro volleyball team made Tuesday night, but she did enjoy escaping with the win.

Taylor Williams’ 15 kills and three blocks sparked the Warriors’ 25-16, 25-21, 14-25, 25-23 victory over Clear Spring in an MVAL Antietam match.

Boonsboro (2-2, 1-1) was called for 10 net violations, in addition to the 34 other errors resulting in points for the Blazers (1-4, 0-3).

“Up front is where we made a lot of critical errors,” said Parry. “Some of it was focus, but for the most part, I think it was just us being aggressive.”

Williams caused problems all night for the Blazers and was the hitter the Warriors relied upon at critical times throughout the match.

“I don’t think our blocks matched up on her quite as well as we expected,” said Clear Spring coach Sabrina Lee-LeHew. “Our defensive players were sitting ducks back there. (Williams) had her pick of them.”

After winning the first set, Boonsboro (2-2, 1-1) rolled to a 17-7 lead in Set 2 before the Blazers rallied to claim a 21-20 lead.

But the Warriors rebounded to score five straight points behind four service points from Shelby Griffith and two Sarah Anderson kills.

Despite watching their comeback effort fall short, the Blazers used the effort as motivation, taking advantage of Boonsboro errors and the net play of Kristen Mellott and Kyleigh Stottlemyer — who had two kills apiece — to establish early leads of 13-5 and 19-8 in Set 3.

“We ended that (second set) on a high note,” said Lee-LeHew. “I think that’s what led into our third (set) win. (The girls) were really charged up about it.”

The fourth set was up for grabs throughout. Three straight Boonsboro errors and a Mellott ace pushed the Blazers to a 10-7 advantage. On five occasions, the Warriors managed to get within a point of the lead but couldn’t get over the hump.

That is, until Williams reasserted herself. And the Boonsboro setters knew exactly who to find on crucial points.

“She is our go-to at this point,” said Parry. “She and (Anderson). (Williams) is the power hitter, and our setters are smart enough to know who is on and where to go in those situations.”

After the Blazers pushed their Set 4 lead to 21-17, the Warriors scored eight of the final 10 points to claim the set and the match. It was Williams’ kills that claimed the final two points.

Anderson added seven kills for the Warriors, while Shelby Wallace chipped in 16 assists and 13 digs. Griffith added 15 assists, and Natalie Reeder (16 digs) and Skyler Casto (15 digs) anchored the defense.

Olivia Rowe (11 kills, 13 digs) and Stottlemyer (nine kills) paced Clear Spring at the net, with Sarah Elwood dishing out 24 assists. Sarah Blickenstaff finished with 14 digs.

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