Volleyball: Rested Catamounts down Hagerstown

Article Courtesy of Curt Hornbecker, Sports Correspondent for The Herald-Mail

HAGERSTOWN — After a 10-day layoff from competition, it didn’t take long Wednesday for the Potomac State volleyball team to get back into the swing of things — not nearly long enough for Beth Domenico’s Hagerstown Community College squad.

After the rusty Catamounts dropped the first set, HCC found itself in trouble and fell 24-26, 25-22, 25-19, 25-13 as the taller Potomac State squad began asserting its advantage at the net.

Potomac State at HCC

Hagerstown Community College’s Ryann Fiery (9) and Lindsey Mowbray (15) go up to block a shot by Potomac State’s Anya Murray on Wednesday during the Hawks’ 3-1 loss.

Photos By Herald-Mail Staff Photographer Colleen McGrath 

“I don’t feel like we played great, but we played well enough to win,” said Catamounts coach Martha Ganoe. “We haven’t played in a week and a half, so it took us a while to get into the flow of the game.”

After the Hawks (8-11) grabbed a 20-13 advantage in the first set, Potomac State took over. The Catamounts (11-3) finished that set on an 11-6 run, despite the 26-24 loss.

“This team has a hard time keeping its intensity up,” said Domenico. “They get really excited when some really good things happen, but they can’t hold that intensity.”

HCC led 9-8 in the second set, but three errors and a pair of Sarah Lowery kills resulted in a 14-10 Catamounts lead from which HCC could not recover. The Hawks closed the gap to 14-12, but Potomac State went on a 10-5 run to tie things at one set apiece.

Of Hagerstown’s 19 points in the third set, 14 came on sideouts. Meanwhile, the Catamounts finished with 11 service points, and ended the set on an 8-5 run to run away with the win.

Potomac State’s took full advantage of its superior size, registering 12 kills in the third set alone.

“We’re a very big team,” said Ganoe. “That helps a lot. Our setting wasn’t great tonight, and our passing wasn’t great. That’s where we struggled.”

Domenico agreed that the Catamounts size advantage created havoc for the Hawks.