College Volleyball: Hawks sweep Trojans

October 01, 2012|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — The Hagerstown Community College Hawks might not have been at their best Monday night, but they were still good enough to sweep the Allegany College Trojans 25-19, 25-13, 25-23 in a Maryland JuCo Conference volleyball match at the HCC athletic complex.

HCC (10-1, 6-0) leads Howard Community College (5-0 conference) by a half game in the conference standings. HCC will play at Howard in a battle for first place on Thursday night at 7:30.

“Allegany played very well,” HCC coach Ann Reynolds said. “They are a tough team and they played very scrappy. We lacked intensity tonight. But we made the plays at the crucial times. We struggled with putting the ball away against their defense. We stepped up during the certain situations that we needed to in order to pull out the win.”

Reynolds said that the Hawks must be better prepared for Howard on Thursday.

“I told the girls that we have a lot to work on between now and Thursday,” she said. “Howard has a very solid team. We cannot make as many unforced errors, if we expect to be successful against Howard.”

Allegany (8-7, 5-3) fought HCC tooth and nail for almost the entire first set as there were numerous lead changes and tie scores. The Trojans last led 18-17 before the Hawks evened the score. Emmalyn Stahl then chalked up five service points in a row to give HCC a 23-18 lead on its way to winning the first set.

Stahl said that HCC assistant coach Angie Ford was a major reason for her success at the service line.

“I followed what Coach Ford told me to do,” Stahl said. “She told me where to place my serve. Coach Ford definitely plays a big role on the team.”

Along with her 24 digs and eight service points, Stahl also came through at the net with 14 kills. Paige Kitchen contributed 37 assists for the Hawks as she set up the kills for Stahl.

“I had a lot of fun,” Stahl said. “Paige is a good setter. She was just putting them up. When she does that, I just hit them over the net. It is definitely a team effort.”

Victoria Broadwater had 27 digs and 10 service points, while Tiffany Rohrer had 13 service points for HCC. Callie Butts added 18 digs and nine kills, while Elise Manning had 10 kills and four blocks for the Hawks.

Rohrer started the second set with a string of five service points as HCC took a 5-0 lead. At the end, Broadwater came through with six straight service points to clinch the win for the Hawks.

In the third set, Rohrer got the last three service points to seal the match for the Hawks.

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