N. Hagerstown outlasts N. Carroll in five games 2A West volleyball

November 13, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

Like a street fighter, North Hagerstown took North Carroll's best punches last night and came back for more and more and more.

And in the end, North Hagerstown won the five-game marathon volleyball duel, 11-15, 15-3, 8-15, 15-11, 15-13, for the state Class 2A West regional championship.

The Hubs won the fifth and deciding game on a blistering service ace by Jodi Sinnett that landed beyond the Panthers' Joy Huber and Jenny Renner.

Huber and Renner both started after the bullet-like serve and then stopped, as if each was waiting for the other one to get the ball.

It landed inbounds with some room to spare, ending a 13-game winning streak for North Carroll (15-2).

It was ironic that a serve would win the match because both teams had trouble serving all night. North Carroll missed 10 serves in the third game but still won, 15-8, for a 2-1 lead.

It was mostly a battle of big kills, dinks and blocks, matching power against power on the front line.

The classic matchup of the night was between two talented seniors, North Hagerstown's Sabrina Harrison and North Carroll's Huber.

Harrison and Huber often soared into the air and came face-to-face for spectacular kills and blocks.

After Huber blocked Harrison often in the first two games, Harrison started to dink the ball for key points.

Huber also had her share of dinks over the North Hagerstown front line, and her duel with Harrison was basically a draw.

North Carroll was also hurt in the fifth game by some carrying calls against Renner that helped the Hubs overcome a 12-8 deficit.

North Hagerstown reeled off six straight points to surge ahead, 14-12, in the fifth game and set the stage for Sinnett to end the match after 2 hours, 22 minutes.

"I told our players we would win if we served well, and we didn't," said North Carroll coach Donna Martin. "I can't believe we won the third game with 10 misses on our serve. When you keep coming back like North Hagerstown did, you're going to win matches. I just wish we had played better competition this season. This was only our second five-game match of the year."

Harrison said she wasn't concentrating on Huber.

"I was just trying to hit the ball somewhere they weren't," said the senior. "We've been waiting for this trip to the state tournament since we were freshmen."

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