Eagles survive semifinals, beat Smithsburg Volleyball

November 11, 1992|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

Francis Scott Key volleyball coach Leo Totten said it wasn't going to be easy and he was exactly right.

The Eagles survived a five-game match -- 15-13, 8-15, 15-6, 13-15, 15-12 -- with Smithsburg in a Class 1A, Region II semifinal-round match last night in Uniontown.

Shelley Smith closed out the match with a service ace.

Totten said, "The kids just never quit. After the fourth game, I told them this is what we've been working toward from day one when they were freshmen, and they came through."

The Eagles appeared to have things in hand up two games to one and owning a 13-7 lead in game four, but Smithsburg didn't quit.

After tying the score at 13, Smithsburg completed the rally on a Julie Schelling kill to send the match into the fifth and deciding game.

Key won the first game behind Shelley Smith's strong serving.

Any time the senior was serving, something good happened for the Eagles.

Trailing, 2-0, she served five straight points Smithsburg failed to return to give the Eagles a 5-2 lead. Smithsburg cut the lead to 7-6, before the Eagles scored three straight times on Shelley Smith's serve. Junior Amber Smith had a kill in the sequence along with a block from senior Tina Smith.

At 14-13 and game point for Key, Shelley Smith appropriately finished it with a service ace.

Smithsburg senior Zoe Hunt was the story in game two, single-handedly getting the visiting Leopards even at a game apiece

She had four kills, three blocks and two service aces to give the Leopards a 15-8 win.

Key regained control of the match in game three, taking it 15-6 on strong serving from senior Shelly Black and great net play from Kristi Stambaugh and Tina Smith.

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