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High school volleyball: Clear Spring makes quick work of Berkeley Springs

September 10, 2013|By JACK HILL II | Staff Correspondent

CLEAR SPRING — The Clear Spring Blazers dominated the Berkeley Springs Indians from start to finish as they scored a quick 25-5, 25-10, 25-8 sweep on Tuesday night in a high school volleyball match.

“I think our girls were working well together,” Clear Spring coach Sabrina LeHew said. “We were trying some new things. We were serving aggressively, which actually resulted in 10 errors. But it is hard to be mad at that, because we had 28 aces. I was happy that my girls came out with a lot of intensity and we never had a lull in the action. We were trying serve-receive plays and I am pleased with our effort tonight.”

Jessica Long came through with 17 service points, seven aces and 11 assists for Clear Spring (2-0). Grace Ramacciotti had 12 service points and 10 aces, while Kristen Mellott chipped in with 12 service points and five aces for the Blazers. Olivia Rowe added five aces and six kills, while Kyleigh Stottlemyer had five kills for Clear Spring.

Long got the Blazers started off on the right track by opening up the first set with eight consecutive service points. Ramacciotti later reeled off a string of five service points for Clear Spring to enlarge the lead to 14-2. Eventually, Mellott closed out the first set with four service points in a row.

Ramacciotti put together a string of six service points in the second set to raise the Blazers lead to 22-7. At the end, Stottlemyer got a set-ending kill.

Berkeley Springs (0-3) put up a battle briefly in the third set as it only trailed 9-6. But Mellott came through with six straight service points to increase Clear Spring’s advantage to 15-6.

“I couldn’t keep serving if my team didn’t get kills to help me out,” Mellott said. “I owe a lot of success to my teammates. We practice hard every day and we are well-disciplined.”

Jenna Smith later got five points in a row to raise the Blazers lead to 21-7. Shortly thereafter, Long got the last three service points to seal the match for Clear Spring.

Megan Newcomb led Berkeley Springs with 17 digs. Sierra Farris and Abby Gillingham added six digs each for the Indians.

“I only have six players that have played before,” Berkeley Springs coach Tiffany Mosser said. “Everybody else is brand new. This is going to be a rebuilding year for us. Clear Spring has a very good program. Their girls moved very well and they communicated very well.”

JV: Clear Spring 25-7, 25-3.

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