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Prep Volleyball: Blazers seize momentum in final two sets to repel Rebels

October 16, 2012|By WILL ROBINSON | will.robinson@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — Clear Spring’s volleyball team got its second MVAL Antietam victory of the season with a 25-22, 22-25, 25-20, 25-8 win over host South Hagerstown on Tuesday.

After trading the first two sets, the Blazers (5-7, 2-4) appeared on their way to an easy third-set win. Clear Spring took a 5-1 lead on Jordan McNamee’s service before South Hagerstown (1-9, 0-5) took its first timeout. The Blazers extended the lead to 11-3 on three service points by Jessica Long, kills by Sarah Elwood and Kyleigh Stottlemyer, and a block by Kristen Mellott, leading to the Rebels’ second timeout.

However, South came storming back. The Rebels cut the deficit to 19-12 on five service points by Alexis Shaffer. Trailing 20-13, Alisha Adkins cut South’s deficit to two with a five-point service run — including two aces.

The Blazers righted the ship after their own timeout, scoring the set’s final five points.

“Momentum shifts. We’ve been the victim of those many times,” said Clear Spring coach Sabrina Lee-LeHew. “Momentum kills. We’ve been working to seize the momentum in practice and I think the girls did a good job of that tonight.”

Momentum swung far in Clear Spring’s favor in the fourth set, as the Blazers rode the hot hands of Elwood, Stottlemyer and McNamee to the match victory. Elwood had seven service points and seven assists, McNamee had five service points and two aces, and Stottlemyer had six kills and a block in the final set.

“I’ve been challenging the girls to end the season on a higher note than we started,” said Lee-LeHew. “Intensity has been an issue for us. I feel like we’ve been playing most of our matches at 80 percent and I’ve been pushing them to give 100. When you play at your hardest, generally your efforts are rewarded. Tonight’s victory was a great example.”

Stottlemyer had 17 kills and 10 digs, Elwood had 22 assists and eight digs, McNamee had 10 service points, 11 digs and three aces, and Sarah Blickenstaff added eight service points, 12 digs and two aces in the match.

South fought off an early 8-4 Clear Spring lead to take the second set. Down 11-9, the Rebels took the lead for good on Adkins’ seven-point service run.

Adkins had 16 service points and four aces, Victoria Pearl had 15 assists and six service points, and Elena Young added six kills and five blocks for the Rebels.

JV: South Hagerstown, 2-1.

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