Prep Volleyball: North emphatically finishes regular season

October 31, 2012|By JACK HILL III |
  • North Hagerstown's Lexi McCarthy lofts a set pass against South Hagerstown.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — After clinching the MVAL Antietam volleyball title in its previous match, the North Hagerstown Hubs did not get complacent.

It helps when your regular-season finalé comes against your archrival on Senior Night.

The Hubs swept aside the South Hagerstown Rebels 25-14, 25-22, 25-10 to finish a perfect Antietam campaign (7-0) and wrap up a 13-1 regular season before starting their Maryland Class 3A state title defense.

Senior middle hitter Peyton Wallech — who has led North all season and has verbally committed to Hagerstown Community College — had nine kills and four blocks at the net to go along with nine digs on Wednesday.

“I felt OK about my performance tonight,” Wallech said. “I felt like I could have done better. We just have to keep communicating and moving. If we do those things, we will be OK (in the playoffs).”

Zoe Schreiber had eight aces and seven kills for the Hubs. Sarah Bentley added 28 assists and Michey Moody had six kills.

After a tight second set, North took care of business in the third. Lauren Serafini served five straight points to give the Hubs a 7-3 lead. It was 14-10 before North went on an 11-0 run to close the match. Schreiber served the last 10 points.

Serafini had nine service points for the Hubs.

“I was just trying to serve as hard as I could,” Serafini said. “We were trying to get momentum tonight, so we could have that for the playoffs. Coming off of last year, we have a lot of experience. Just like in calculus, the limit to our success in playoffs does not exist. We are really positive and we know what needs to be done.”

“All three of our seniors have been in our volleyball program for four years,” North coach Megan Crawford said. “They worked hard and they showed good senior leadership. The girls always get excited playing South High. It is a big rivalry. Once we started passing, we were able to run our offense.”

Victoria Pearl had 13 assists, Hayley Freeman had 10 digs and four kills, Kendra Day had five kills and Elena Young added five blocks for South (2-12, 1-6).

“We had our moments, but we were just flat,” Rebels coach Chuck Weaver said. “We didn’t have our energy. Two days off from school didn’t help us. North High is a good team. It is well-coached. But I think we were capable of better ball.”

JV: North Hagerstown, 25-16, 20-25, 15-4. The Hubs finished the season 12-2.

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