Prep Volleyball: Hubs top 'Cats in five

September 24, 2012|By WILL ROBINSON |
  • Williamsport's Stacey Christy goes up for a return during Monday night's match against North Hagerstown.
By Yvette May, Staff Photographer

WILLIAMSPORT — In a match that could help decide the MVAL Antietam championship, North Hagerstown outlasted Williamsport 25-23, 23-25, 25-22, 19-25, 15-11 to hand the Wildcats their first loss of the season.

North seemingly had the match in the bag in the fifth set. The Hubs (5-1, 2-0) bolted to a 5-1 lead which caused Williamsport to take its first timeout. North extended the lead to 10-2, leading to Williamsport’s second timeout. However, with the Hubs at match point at 14-5, the Wildcats (6-1, 2-1) found new life.

On Karli Grimes’s service, Williamsport scored six straight points to cut the lead to 14-11. Stacey Christy had four blocks and two kills in the rally, which seemed destined to extend the match. However, on Grimes’s seventh serve, Michey Moody slammed the game-winning kill to secure the victory for the Hubs.

“We try to work on playing the whole game rather than playing in spurts. Case in point: That last set,” said North coach Megan Crawford. “Luckily we came out on top, but Stacey came back out on the floor and made us work for it.”

“In that fifth game Karli stepped in and I turned to my assistant coach and said, ‘You know how many she needs.’ I was counting every serve and every point she earned,” said Williamsport coach Emily Crabtree. “We could have easily said ‘Well, we played four games, you can have this fifth one,’ but we didn’t. We still fought for every point.”

Williamsport seemingly had the momentum going into the fifth set. The Wildcats took a 7-3 lead in the fourth set on Andrea Nunnally’s service and led by at least three points throughout. However, senior middle hitter Peyton Wallech had a match-high eight kills for North in the set and never showed any signs of fatigue in the fifth.

Wallech, along with Sarah Bentley, formed a two-woman wrecking crew that kept Williamsport’s defense on its toes. Wallech had a match-high 34 kills and nine blocks and Bentley had 56 assists. Zoe Schreiber added 13 kills and four blocks and Lexi McCarthy had 32 digs for the Hubs.

“Peyton’s one of our go-to’s. As a senior she takes that role and runs with it. She’ll continue to be that leader as the season goes on,” said Crawford. “This win should give us confidence we can be successful moving forward.”

Williamsport — which had only dropped one set in its six previous matches — had an impressive showing from some of its stars despite the loss. Christy had 20 kills and 11 blocks, Nunnally had 13 digs and Grimes had 20 service points. Middle hitter Lindsey Mowbray had perhaps the best game of her short career with 16 kills, seven digs and seven blocks.

“I was impressed tonight with Mowbray. She was tipping, blocking and finding the holes,” said Crabtree. “We had fight tonight, which is good to see. At least we know that if a match like this happens again, we’ll have an idea what to expect.” 

JV: North Hagerstown, 2-1.

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