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Prep volleyball: Rebels battle, but 'Cats are too much

September 18, 2012|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — Though a heavy underdog, the South Hagerstown volleyball team proved able to hang tough with undefeated Williamsport at the start of each set of Tuesday night’s MVAL Antietam match.

But the Wildcats figured things out midway through each set and earned a 25-16, 25-12, 25-16 sweep over the Rebels.

“I was impressed with South’s defensive effort,” Williamsport coach Emily Crabtree said. “Their defense pretty much took us out of our offense in the beginning of every set. It took us a while to get into the groove. I think it was pretty much an overall team effort for us tonight. Everybody got a chance to contribute. That will only make us better as the season progresses.”

Junior outside hitter Courtney Malott had 18 digs and 13 service points for Williamsport.  Emily Taylor had 13 assists and Meghan Murray added seven assists. Stacey Christy finished with six kills and five blocks, Karli Grimes had eight kills and Lindsey Mowbray added seven kills and two blocks.

South (0-2, 0-1) kept the first set close — trailing only 19-16 — before Williamsport (5-0, 3-0) won the last six points of the set. Mowbray served the final five points, and Haley Wolff and Christy combined on a set-ending block.

Leading 17-12 in the second set, the Wildcats again closed with a lengthy run, this one 8-0. Malott served the last seven points and had two aces, including on set point.

“I looked for holes in the defense and where there might be some extra space,” Malott said. “I was also trying to catch them off guard. I’m really proud of our team for going this far into the season without losing a set (15-0). We are playing really well together.”

Continuing the late-set theme, Williamsport closed out set three with a 5-0 run, with Grimes serving the final four points.

Alisha Adkins led the Rebels with 13 assists, five kills and five digs. Kiersten Mohar had 11 digs, Victoria Pearl had six assists and Kendra Day added four kills.

“I was very happy with the way that we played,” South coach Chuck Weaver said. “I am proud of them. Williamsport is very well-coached. I don’t think the score shows it, but I feel that we gave them a challenge in every game. This was only our second match, while this was their fifth match.”

JV: Williamsport, 2-0.

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