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College volleyball: Hawks get their revenge against Howard

September 09, 2013|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — The Hagerstown Community College volleyball team only had one loss in conference action during the 2012 season and that came on the road to the Howard Community College Dragons, who went undefeated in the conference.

The Hawks got their revenge Monday night by sweeping the Dragons 25-9, 25-14, 25-19 in a Maryland JuCo Conference match at the HCC athletic complex.

Sophomore setter Summer Neff had 30 assists for HCC (4-2, 1-0).

“We thought that Howard would be our biggest competition this year. To beat them makes me feel that our team has proved a lot,” Neff said. “We just worked together as a team, really. We were talking more and calling plays more in this match than in last year’s match.”

Sarah Elwood had 14 service points, 12 digs and three blocks, Shelby Griffith tallied 11 service points and four aces, Haley Wolff had 18 digs and 10 kills, Tiffany Rohrer had 10 digs and Callie Butts had nine kills and eight digs for the Hawks.

In the beginning of the first set, Elwood had six straight service points, including a pair of aces, to help HCC build an 8-1 lead.

“My coach tells me where to serve and I do what she says,” Elwood said. “When our team starts out with a big lead, that gets us on track to do well for the rest of the match. I felt strong with the serving and I felt confident.”

At the start of the second set, Neff had five service points in a row to give the Hawks a 5-0 lead.

HCC started out the third set with an 8-3 lead. But Howard (7-3, 1-1) bounced back, getting a point on a sideout and four service points in a row from Caitlan Porter to tie the score at 8-8. Shortly thereafter, Howard led by a 14-13 margin.

The Hawks then outscored the Dragons 12-5 the rest of the way to win the third set. Elwood came through with a match-ending block.

“We had girls playing a couple of different positions and they adjusted real well,” HCC coach Ann Reynolds said. “I thought that Summer ran the offense real well tonight. We did real well with our serving and our passing in the first game.”

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