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Prep Volleyball: Leopards bank on Snowden to cool off Blazers

October 03, 2012|By JACK HILL III | jack.hill@herald-mail.com
  • Clear Spring's Kristen Mellott (14) and Sarah Elwood (3) team to block a shot by Smithsburg's Amanda Snowden (13) on Wednesday during the Leopards' 3-1 victory.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

CLEAR SPRING — The Smithsburg volleyball team survived a long battle against Clear Spring on Wednesday for a 25-22, 22-25, 25-15, 25-21 MVAL Antietam victory.

Junior hitter Amanda Snowden led the way with 18 kills and four blocks for Smithsburg (9-1, 4-1).

“We played pretty scrappy tonight,” Snowden said. “We picked up the stuff that came back over. I wasn’t completely on tonight. But when I got a good set, I put the ball down. I just know when we are down that I have got to put the ball down, because I have got to get that point back for my team.”

Snowden also collected 14 service points and 12 digs.

“When the game gets close, I just know that I have to get the serve in,” Snowden said. “During practice, we work a lot on just getting the serve in and not missing a serve.”

Snowden had a string of five service points during both the third set and the fourth set to help the Leopards pull away.

Payton Belella contributed 36 assists and nine service points, while Haley Caudell added 15 service points, six kills and four blocks for the Leopards. Marissa Dangler came up with 20 digs, Hollee Winders got 13 kills and Jenny Fritts had nine service points for Smithsburg.

“We played as a team tonight,” Smithsburg coach Rachel Brashear said. “We scrapped well. I think a big key tonight was the play of our freshman Hollee Winders. She stepped up during the middle of the match and came through with the key kills when we needed them. She was our spark tonight. I’m happy to get out of here with a win tonight. Clear Spring is a scrappy team and they made us work for every point that we got. They made it an exciting match.”

Sarah Elwood collected 15 assists, 13 service points, 12 digs and six kills for Clear Spring (4-6, 0-5). Sarah Blickenstaff came up with 28 digs, Jordan McNamee added 24 digs and Samantha Michael had 14 digs for the Blazers. Kyleigh Stottlemyer got seven kills and three blocks, while Olivia Rowe added seven kills for Clear Spring.

“We battled about 85 percent of the time tonight,” Clear Spring coach Sabrina LeHew said. “That is not good enough to beat a team like Smithsburg. Our blocking was stronger than usual. It just wasn’t enough. We had been working on our blocking all week in practice, because we knew that they had some good hitters. We made some killer digs, but we came up short.”

JV — Clear Spring (25-21, 20-25, 15-9).

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