Huber leads N. Carroll by Allegany in semis Campers' bus turns around in hurry Volleyball

November 10, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

The Allegany Campers rode six hours round trip on a bus last night to get beaten by Joy Huber and her streaking North Carroll volleyball teammates in 66 minutes.

Huber had 21 kills and several key blocks to lead the Panthers past the Campers, 15-4, 15-4, 4-15, 15-0, in the semifinals of the state Class 2A West regional at North Carroll.

Huber, last season's Player of the Year in Carroll County, also over came lingering serving problems, missing only one time on her serve.

"I don't believe Allegany wants to see Joy again," said North Carroll coach Don'a Martin.

"Joy and everybody else on our team gave what they had to help us win this match. We remembered last year [Allegany's victory over host North Carroll in the opening round of regionals] and didn't want to let it happen again."

Huber said she "really wanted this one. I felt like I was on."

The top-seeded Panthers (15-1) have won 13 straight matches since losing to Glenelg and will meet the winner of last night's match between second-seeded Damascus and third-seeded North Hagerstown at North Carroll on Friday night in the 2A West finals.

"This is just the way we wanted it," Martin said of the quick semifinal win over the fourth-seeded Campers.

"Now our girls can get home early and get to their studies and we can have two days to prepare for the finals. It was up to us whether we wanted to play Thursday or Friday night and I chose Friday."

Martin said she wanted to play Friday because her players wouldn't have to worry about homework that night.

"I'm a chemistry teacher, and I emphasize classroom work. If we had played Thursday, the girls might have been worrying about homework.

"Now they will have all weekend to get their homework done if they don't finish it Friday."

Martin wasn't concerned that the lopsided victory last night might take some of the edge off her team for the final.

"It was all a mental game for us tonight. We were psyched to play and beat Allegany," she said. "The better the competition gets, the better we play."

Katy Wilhelm came through with 12 kills and nine points on her serve.

Danielle Arnold had 12 points serving, and Laura Watson had 11 service points.

Jill Tringali chipped in with eight blocks for the winners.

"It was mostly a team thing tonight," Huber said.

Allegany (9-6) had only one senior (Jennifer Yarnall) and had trouble executing fundamentals.

Allegany co-coach Mary Slider said:

"We've put in a 6-2 offense this season and the girls sometimes forget the basics because they are trying to master the new offense. We had a couple of girls get down tonight, and the first thing that goes is the serve and the passing."

The Campers missed a lot of routine shots in the first two games but collected themselves for one run in the third game behind the serving of Anna Murray.

Martin said the third-game victory by Allegany didn't surprise her: "Look at it this way: They rode three hours to get here and knew it was all over if they didn't win."

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