Potomac State ends HCC's nine-year home win streak

By JACK HILL III Staff Correspondent for the Hagerstown Herald-Mail.com

HAGERSTOWN, MD — After nine years of nothing but victories on its home floor, the Hagerstown Community College women’s volleyball team finally tasted defeat on Monday night.

Potomac State bounced back from an opening-game loss to defeat the Hawks 21-25, 25-21, 25-18, 25-23.

The last time HCC (3-6) lost at home was to Catonsville in the championship match of the Region XX Tournament in November 2002.

“We came out strong in the first game, but then we just fell apart halfway through the second game,” Hawks coach Ann Reynolds said. “I would say that our blocking and our defense need a lot of work. That showed tonight. They were hitting them down the line and we weren’t able to pick them up. Our serving was awful tonight. We missed four serves in a row during the second game and they came at crucial times.”

Eight of the nine players for Potomac State are freshmen, and five of them are from Tri-State area schools — Taylor Oats, Shayla Bartles, Samantha Deter and Emily Funkhouser played at Musselman, while Amber Wesley played at Martinsburg.

Potomac State (8-1) raced to a 6-2 lead in the first game. Emma Stahl’s four straight service points put HCC in front 10-7 and the teams battled back and forth before HCC eventually won its only game.

Oats served seven straight points in the second game to give Potomac State the lead for good at 18-15.

Deter reeled off five points in a row in the fourth game to put the Catamounts on top to stay at 23-19.

Oats finished with 45 assists and 11 digs, while Bartles came up with 20 digs and 12 kills for Potomac State. Deter added 20 digs, while Wesley had 22 kills and eight digs. Katie Bush had 20 kills and 10 digs, while Taylor Douuthitt had 12 digs.

Brittany Skrutski had 21 digs and 11 kills, while Cortney Silvis added 16 kills and 11 digs for HCC. Emma Stahl had 15 digs and nine kills, Danielle Beaver had 11 digs, Paige Kitchen had 43 assists, Dominique Quesada had 14 digs and Elise Manning added nine kills and five blocks.

“Our outside hitters attacked the ball 78 times and they finished with only nine errors,” Potomac State coach Martha Ganoe said. “We just wanted to serve well and pass well. We have the outside hitters. If we can get the ball to them, they can put the ball away.”

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