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By DAN KAUFFMAN | November 18, 2009
SMITHSBURG -- What makes the 2009 Smithsburg volleyball team great? As the undefeated Class 1A West region champions prepare to face 1A South champion Surrattsville (14-2) tonight at 6 at Ritchie Coliseum on the University of Maryland at College Park campus, one could argue it's junior superstar Sara Rishell. After all, Rishell led Washington County with her averages of 6.12 kills and 1.54 blocks per game and was second on the team with 3.02 digs per game. But here's another viewpoint: Smithsburg's true greatness lies in the other players' ability to selflessly accept and execute their given roles.
NEWS
By DAN KAUFFMAN | November 19, 2009
View more photos here! COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The undefeated Smithsburg volleyball team literally aced its Maryland Class 1A state semifinal test Thursday night. Taylor Belella set state tournament rally-scoring records for aces in a game and a match, and Belella and the Class 1A West champion Leopards set a record with 29 total aces as they overwhelmed Class 1A South champion Surrattsville 25-1, 25-2, 25-7 at Ritchie Coliseum on the University of Maryland campus.
NEWS
by DAN KAUFFMAN | November 17, 2003
kauffman@herald-mail.com COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Now that Williamsport's volleyball team has won the Maryland Class 1A state title, is coach Emily Crabtree ready to hand in her resignation? "Somebody asked me if I win a state title, am I going to stick with tradition and quit," Crabtree said Saturday afternoon after the Wildcats defeated Poolesville 25-21, 23-25, 25-22, 21-25, 15-12 at Ritchie Coliseum on the campus of the University of Maryland. Crabtree coached Williamsport for three seasons from 1993-95, guiding the Wildcats to a state title in '95 before resigning for personal reasons.
NEWS
by DAN KAUFFMAN | November 14, 2003
kauffman@herald-mail.com Once again, Williamsport's volleyball team stands one victory away from the Maryland Class 1A state title. Once again, Poolesville stands in the Wildcats' way. Riding an 18-match winning streak, Williamsport (18-1) will enter Ritchie Coliseum on Saturday afternoon to defend its title against some very familiar Falcons. "Our girls are confident," Williamsport coach Emily Crabtree said. "They're feeling good and tasting another state championship.
NEWS
by DAN KAUFFMAN | November 21, 2004
kauffman@herald-mail.com COLLEGE PARK, Md. - More than a few high school volleyball players would like to have Sammi Snodderly's off game. As Williamsport's top attacking option - averaging an area-best four kills per game - it's a rare occurrence when Snodderly fails to stuff the stat sheet. Apparently, stats alone don't make her happy. Snodderly had a match-high 11 kills in Saturday's Maryland Class 1A state championship, helping the Wildcats win their third straight title and 11th in school history with a convincing 25-16, 25-15, 25-14 victory over Elkton at Ritchie Coliseum.
NEWS
By DAN KAUFFMAN | November 20, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- It almost looks too easy. Smithsburg's undefeated volleyball team will take the Ritchie Coliseum court on the University of Maryland campus this afternoon at 2:30 for the Maryland Class 1A state championship match. Here's what's standing between the Leopards and their first undefeated season and state title since 2001: A Catoctin team that was swept by Smithsburg 25-9, 25-17, 25-22 on Oct. 15 and finished 3-11 in the regular season, 1-6 in the MVAL Antietam and 0-5 against Washington County teams.
SPORTS
By DANIEL KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com | November 11, 2012
For the fourth time ever and the first time since 1994, three Washington County volleyball teams will play in the Maryland state semifinals over the next three days. In Class 1A, Smithsburg (15-3) is two victories away from its fourth straight state title and its ninth overall - which would tie Northern Calvert for third-most in state history. The Leopards will face Sparrows Point (15-2) in the semifinals Monday evening at 6 at Ritchie Coliseum on the campus of the University of Maryland at College Park.
NEWS
by DAN KAUFFMAN | November 16, 2003
kauffman@herald-mail.com COLLEGE PARK, Md. - There was nothing easy about Williamsport's second straight Maryland Class 1A volleyball title. Poolesville - which put up little resistance in the Wildcats' 15-6, 15-7, 7-15, 15-9 victory in the final last season - pushed Williamsport to the breaking point Saturday afternoon. The Wildcats had to come from behind in the fifth game to squeak out a 25-21, 23-25, 25-22, 21-25, 15-12 nailbiter against the much-improved Falcons at Ritchie Coliseum on the campus of the University of Maryland.
NEWS
by DAN KAUFFMAN | November 16, 2003
kauffman@herald-mail.com Of the 214 points played between Williamsport and Poolesville in the Maryland Class 1A state volleyball championship game Saturday afternoon, these seven were the ones that saved the Wildcats' title dreams. With the teams having split four games already and with Poolesville leading 11-7 in a race to 15 that would decide everything, Williamsport senior Staci Grabill stepped to the service line at Ritchie Coliseum on the campus of the University of Maryland.
NEWS
September 30, 1999
No matter the level - Class 1A high school or NCAA Division I - Smithsburg's Carey Brennan still has fun playing volleyball. By DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer As she talks on the phone, Carey Brennan sounds like a wide-eyed freshman. The first-year volleyball player for the University of Maryland says everything is so much bigger now, so much different. The players jump a little higher, the crowds are a little bit bigger, the practices last a little bit longer.
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By DANIEL KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com | November 11, 2012
For the fourth time ever and the first time since 1994, three Washington County volleyball teams will play in the Maryland state semifinals over the next three days. In Class 1A, Smithsburg (15-3) is two victories away from its fourth straight state title and its ninth overall - which would tie Northern Calvert for third-most in state history. The Leopards will face Sparrows Point (15-2) in the semifinals Monday evening at 6 at Ritchie Coliseum on the campus of the University of Maryland at College Park.
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NEWS
By DAN KAUFFMAN | November 20, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- It almost looks too easy. Smithsburg's undefeated volleyball team will take the Ritchie Coliseum court on the University of Maryland campus this afternoon at 2:30 for the Maryland Class 1A state championship match. Here's what's standing between the Leopards and their first undefeated season and state title since 2001: A Catoctin team that was swept by Smithsburg 25-9, 25-17, 25-22 on Oct. 15 and finished 3-11 in the regular season, 1-6 in the MVAL Antietam and 0-5 against Washington County teams.
NEWS
By DAN KAUFFMAN | November 19, 2009
View more photos here! COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The undefeated Smithsburg volleyball team literally aced its Maryland Class 1A state semifinal test Thursday night. Taylor Belella set state tournament rally-scoring records for aces in a game and a match, and Belella and the Class 1A West champion Leopards set a record with 29 total aces as they overwhelmed Class 1A South champion Surrattsville 25-1, 25-2, 25-7 at Ritchie Coliseum on the University of Maryland campus.
NEWS
By DAN KAUFFMAN | November 18, 2009
SMITHSBURG -- What makes the 2009 Smithsburg volleyball team great? As the undefeated Class 1A West region champions prepare to face 1A South champion Surrattsville (14-2) tonight at 6 at Ritchie Coliseum on the University of Maryland at College Park campus, one could argue it's junior superstar Sara Rishell. After all, Rishell led Washington County with her averages of 6.12 kills and 1.54 blocks per game and was second on the team with 3.02 digs per game. But here's another viewpoint: Smithsburg's true greatness lies in the other players' ability to selflessly accept and execute their given roles.
NEWS
by DAN KAUFFMAN | November 21, 2004
kauffman@herald-mail.com COLLEGE PARK, Md. - More than a few high school volleyball players would like to have Sammi Snodderly's off game. As Williamsport's top attacking option - averaging an area-best four kills per game - it's a rare occurrence when Snodderly fails to stuff the stat sheet. Apparently, stats alone don't make her happy. Snodderly had a match-high 11 kills in Saturday's Maryland Class 1A state championship, helping the Wildcats win their third straight title and 11th in school history with a convincing 25-16, 25-15, 25-14 victory over Elkton at Ritchie Coliseum.
NEWS
by DAN KAUFFMAN | November 17, 2003
kauffman@herald-mail.com COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Now that Williamsport's volleyball team has won the Maryland Class 1A state title, is coach Emily Crabtree ready to hand in her resignation? "Somebody asked me if I win a state title, am I going to stick with tradition and quit," Crabtree said Saturday afternoon after the Wildcats defeated Poolesville 25-21, 23-25, 25-22, 21-25, 15-12 at Ritchie Coliseum on the campus of the University of Maryland. Crabtree coached Williamsport for three seasons from 1993-95, guiding the Wildcats to a state title in '95 before resigning for personal reasons.
NEWS
by DAN KAUFFMAN | November 16, 2003
kauffman@herald-mail.com COLLEGE PARK, Md. - There was nothing easy about Williamsport's second straight Maryland Class 1A volleyball title. Poolesville - which put up little resistance in the Wildcats' 15-6, 15-7, 7-15, 15-9 victory in the final last season - pushed Williamsport to the breaking point Saturday afternoon. The Wildcats had to come from behind in the fifth game to squeak out a 25-21, 23-25, 25-22, 21-25, 15-12 nailbiter against the much-improved Falcons at Ritchie Coliseum on the campus of the University of Maryland.
NEWS
by DAN KAUFFMAN | November 16, 2003
kauffman@herald-mail.com Of the 214 points played between Williamsport and Poolesville in the Maryland Class 1A state volleyball championship game Saturday afternoon, these seven were the ones that saved the Wildcats' title dreams. With the teams having split four games already and with Poolesville leading 11-7 in a race to 15 that would decide everything, Williamsport senior Staci Grabill stepped to the service line at Ritchie Coliseum on the campus of the University of Maryland.
NEWS
by DAN KAUFFMAN | November 14, 2003
kauffman@herald-mail.com Once again, Williamsport's volleyball team stands one victory away from the Maryland Class 1A state title. Once again, Poolesville stands in the Wildcats' way. Riding an 18-match winning streak, Williamsport (18-1) will enter Ritchie Coliseum on Saturday afternoon to defend its title against some very familiar Falcons. "Our girls are confident," Williamsport coach Emily Crabtree said. "They're feeling good and tasting another state championship.
NEWS
September 30, 1999
No matter the level - Class 1A high school or NCAA Division I - Smithsburg's Carey Brennan still has fun playing volleyball. By DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer As she talks on the phone, Carey Brennan sounds like a wide-eyed freshman. The first-year volleyball player for the University of Maryland says everything is so much bigger now, so much different. The players jump a little higher, the crowds are a little bit bigger, the practices last a little bit longer.
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