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Spikefest: 'One last hurrah for the seniors'

December 01, 2012|By DANIEL KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com
  • Williamsport's Stacey Christy, left, tries to spike the ball past North Hagerstown's Peyton Wallech during Saturday's Spikefest at South Hagerstown High School.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Sarah Elwood was the first to say she had it easy on Saturday night.

The Clear Spring senior finished with 13 assists and three kills to help Team Crabtree beat Team Crawford 25-18, 19-25, 15-7 in the high school senior all-stars match to conclude the seventh annual Spikefest at South Hagerstown High.

Elwood served it up for Heritage Academy’s Kara Stamper (10 kills) and Williamsport’s Stacey Christy (six kills, three aces), who each put several emphatic kills down to help Williamsport coach Emily Crabtree’s team defeat North Hagerstown coach Megan Crawford’s squad.

“I’ve never really had that before,” Elwood said of the firepower surrounding her. “It’s new. It’s easy. Just put it up and they’ll put it down.”

Stamper, who led the Eagles to three straight undefeated seasons in the Mason Dixon Christian Conference, got the opportunity to show her talents against public school players and didn’t disappoint, putting at least three kills down in each set.

When asked if she had something to prove, Stamper answered, “Just a little bit, just to show that Christian school (players) can hold their own.”

She made an impression on Crabtree: “She’s very strong. She’s very calm and unassuming. I don’t think anything rattles her and she’s a very strong hitter.”

South Hagerstown’s Victoria Pearl had eight assists, Williamsport’s Haley Wolff had three kills and four aces, South’s Hayley Freeman and Clear Spring’s Sarah Blickenstaff each had a kill and two aces, and Smithsburg’s Emily Seward added two kills for Team Crabtree.

“I told them, ‘This is for fun. Go out and have a good time and do some things to get the crowd going,’” Crabtree said. “There’s no pressure in it, it’s just a neat thing as one last hurrah for the seniors.”

North Hagerstown’s Peyton Wallech was the star for Team Crawford with eight kills, six aces and two blocks.

“It was great,” Wallech said of the experience. “This is the last game for us, you should really enjoy yourself.”

Boonsboro’s Shelby Wallace had 10 assists and two aces, Smithsburg’s Haley Caudell had five kills and an ace, and Boonsboro’s Rakel Wilson added two aces for Team Crawford.

Between the first and second sets, players for Smithsburg (Class 1A), Williamsport (Class 2A) and North Hagerstown (Class 3A) gathered together for a photo opportunity celebrating Washington County’s three state championships.

Before the high school seniors took the court, Team McKinsey defeated Team Moser 26-24, 25-21, 11-15 in the eighth-grade all-stars match. Tracy McKinsey coaches the Western Heights Middle School team, while Christy Moser coaches the E. Russell Hicks squad.

Spikefest is sponsored by the Washington County Juniors Volleyball Club.

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