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Hawks find right rhythm to beat NOVA

September 04, 2013|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — It wasn’t the best of performances for the Hagerstown Community College volleyball team on Wednesday night.

But it was good enough for the Hawks to come away with a 25-18, 25-12, 25-23 sweep of Northern Virginia Community College at the HCC athletic complex.

“We were not at our peak tonight,” HCC coach Ann Reynolds said. “We still need to make some improvements in a few areas. Northern Virginia played well. They are going to improve throughout the season. We are going to have to make some adjustments if we are going to beat them in the Region XX tournament.”

Libero Tiffany Rohrer collected 16 service points and 21 digs, while outside hitter Callie Butts had 11 kills and 11 digs for HCC. Setter Summer Neff had 26 assists, while right side hitter Sarah Elwood got eight kills and eight digs and outside hitter Peyton Wallech added nine kills.

HCC started out with a 4-0 lead in the first set behind three service points by Rohrer and a pair of kills by Butts. HCC led by as many as five points until the end when Wallech tallied three straight service points to give the Hawks the first-game win.

Rohrer started out with nine straight service points to give HCC a 9-0 lead to start the second game. Butts had three kills in the run.

“We worked on serving during the last couple of days in practice, because it was off in the Owens Tournament,” Rohrer said. “We just wanted to come out and serve strong. Our coaches were telling us where to put it.”

“Our coach was just trying to tell us to wait for a good set and then kill the ball,” Butts said. “I had some opportunities to get some kills tonight and I was able to come through with them.”

Griffith scored four consecutive points to extend the Hawks’ lead to 19-8. Butts got the last two points to seal the win.

HCC (3-2) jumped to a 9-6 lead in the third set, but Northern Virginia (2-3) came back to take a 22-20 lead. Six-foot-three freshman middle hitter Mikala Dillard made some clutch kills and blocks to help NOVA move to the lead.

Butts scored the final two points to break a 23-23 tie and complete the sweep for the Hawks. HCC used kills by Wallech and Elwood to end the match.

“I was just trying to get it over and into the court,” Butts said. “I feel pretty relieved that I didn’t mess it up.”

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