Panthers can't handle North Hagerstown S. Carroll moves on, N. Carroll moves out of regions

November 10, 1994|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer

There were just too many obstacles for North Carroll to overcome last night against North Hagerstown in the Class 2A West Region semifinals at Liberty.

North Hagerstown (11-5) had more big hitters, consistent servers, outstanding setters and better communication than the Panthers.

North Carroll battled nerves throughout the match and showed little of the outstanding teamwork that got the 12th-ranked Panthers (13-5) this far.

The result was a 15-4, 15-11, 15-6 victory for North Hagerstown, which has now eliminated the Panthers from the 2A West Regionals two straight years.

The Hubs, state Class 2A runners-up to Glenelg last season, ousted North Carroll in the 2A West championship match last season and came to Liberty expecting a possible repeat of last season's five-game match with North Carroll.

But this one was never close after the Hubs stormed back from a 2-0 deficit in the first game for a 9-2 lead.

North Hagerstown came at the Panthers with the big hitting of Krissy Kurtyka, the outstanding setting of Julie Frazee and the consistent serving of Frazee and Lindsey McNaney from the start.

Kurtyka wound up with nine kills; Frazee had 20 assists off sets and 11 serving points; and McNaney had 11 points off her serve.

Frazee and McNaney also showed their versatility with five kills each.

But it was Kurtyka who seemed to intimidate the Panthers with her blistering kills, halting almost every promising North Carroll rally.

Kurtyka said she wasn't concentrating strictly on kills last night.

"We wanted most of all to talk well and make sure of our passes and sets. If you do that, the kills will come," said the senior who was part of the Hubs' state 2A finalist team last season.

For North Carroll, there wasn't a lot to shout about, but junior Kathleen Tunney was consistent in all phases of the game.

Tunney served well, and had a couple of impressive kills and dinks.

North Carroll coach Don'a Martin praised the North Hagerstown effort but said: "They weren't as dominant as the score showed. We could absolutely have beaten them if we had played our best volleyball."

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