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High school volleyball: South swept away in opener

September 09, 2013|By CURT HORNBECKER | curt.hornbecker@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — After watching his club take Francis Scott Key to the wire in the first set Monday, South Hagerstown volleyball coach Chuck Weaver was understandably optimistic.

That feeling didn’t last long, as FSK established control in the second set and rode that wave to a 25-21, 25-12, 25-14 sweep of the Rebels in the season opener for both teams.

“I’m really proud of what they did in Game 1,” said Weaver. “But it was a totally different team in Games 2 and 3. We had no energy, no focus and no intensity.”

With South (0-1) trailing by one in the second set, the Eagles reeled off 12 of the next 13 points to take command, 19-8, and never looked back. Of those 12 points, seven came on South errors. Braedyn Gallagher added four kills for FSK (1-0) in the run, and Alexandra Petenbrink added an ace.

“There are things we need to work on,” said FSK coach Tim Walsh. “It took us a little while to get things going, but in the second and third games, I thought we played really well.”

Five service errors in the second set didn’t help matters for the Rebels, especially considering they had just four service points as a team in the set.

In the first set, South managed to keep things within reach. The Rebels held a 16-14 lead, with Elena Young and Kendra establishing a presence at the net and Noelle Seals chipping in six service points.

But the Eagles responded quickly, tying the set at 17, before closing things out on a pair of Gallagher kills and two aces from Danica Ani.

In the final set, South took an early 4-2 lead, but the Eagles went on a 16-6 run to claim an 18-10 advantage. The Rebels contributed seven unforced errors, while Gallagher and Gabby Fox combined for five kills. South managed just five service points in the set, before a Sam Compton ace closed it.

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