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2017 Volleyball Review

2017 Volleyball Review

The Hagerstown Community College Women's Volleyball team finished 2017 with an overall record of 15-6 and a perfect 12-0 record in MDJUCO regular season conference play. The Lady Hawks averaged 6.99 kills, 5.82 assists, 2.12 service aces, and 8.77 digs per set throughout the season.

The team's first match of the season on August 24, was a home sweep against Christendom College (25-21, 26-24, 25-22). Freshmen Olivia Feaster and Katelyn Butrick led the team's offense with 7 kills each.

Next on the schedule, the Hawks took their annual trip to Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio, to play in the Owens Invitational Tournament. There they lost 4 matches (1-3 set records in each), but gained court experience that would prove beneficial later in the season. The team saw some tough competition from outside the region; playing Lansing Community College, Mercyhurst North East, Henry Ford College, and Jackson College.

When the Hawks returned home they won 6 matches in a row, showing their ability to beat teams in the region. Traveling to Anne Arundel Community College and winning the match 3-0 was a smooth start to regular season play as Mallory Jackson had 11 kills, while Alexis Stoner had 24 assists and 7 aces. On the road later that week, the Hawks swept Allegany College of Maryland (25-14, 25-9, 25-10).

The College of Southern Maryland travelled to Hagerstown where they were swept by the Lady Hawks. Stats highlights from the match included; Brooke Crawford with 12 kills, Mallory Jackson with 11 kills, and Alexis Stoner with 38 assists.

In another home match, against Montgomery College on September 15, the Hawks decisively won their first extra-set match, 3-1 (25-15, 19-25, 25-15, 25-8). Multiple members of the starting lineup contributed on offense and defense as stats were distributed across the roster; Brooke Crawford finished with 10 kills while Erin Lightfoot, Lexi Spickler, and Mallory Jackson had 9 kills each. Olivia Rowland and Spickler both finished with 17 digs a piece as well.

After a week off from conference play, the Hawks met Cecil College at home on September 22, where they won another challenging match 3-1. The sophomores led the way as Mallory Jackson had 9 kills and Olivia Rowland 20 digs. To extend their streak, the Hawks played CCBC Essex and earned another conference win (25-18, 25-20, 25-18). Mallory Jackson had 8 kills, Lexi Spickler had 14 digs, and Brooke Crawford had 8 aces.

The Lady Hawks hit their hardest stretch of the season with a lot of travel and good competition when they travelled to Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Virginia. There, the team had a tough loss against a strong NOVA Nighthawks team in 4 sets after winning the first (25-20, 21-25, 18-25, 15-25). The Lady Hawks rebounded quickly though, playing on the road at Garrett College where they earned an easy sweep (25-11, 25-14, 25-9).

In a road match against conference rival Frederick Community College, the Hawks won an exciting 4 set match, 3-1. Mallory Jackson had 15 kills, Lexi Spickler had 12 Kills, Alexis Stoner had 29 assists, and Brooke Crawford had 12 digs. Later that week, the team travelled to Chesapeake College where they continued their success, winning with their largest margins all season in a convincing 3-0 match (25-14, 25-5, 25-16).

The Hawks consecutively played two more tough home matches, the first against Harford Community College. In this home match on October 16, the team won 3-2 and had their first 5 set competition of the season. Lexi Spickler had 15 kills and 11 digs, Mallory Jackson had 10 kills and 18 digs, Erin Lightfoot had 8 kills and 12 digs, Olivia Rowland had 30 digs, and Brooke Crawford had 37 assists. The second competition, against Potomac State College of WVU, was a nail-biting victory for the Lady Hawks who fought through a roller coaster match to be victorious after losing to Potomac State last year in the Region XX Finals. Mallory Jackson delivered a season high 16 kills, Lexi Spickler had 12 kills, Brooke Crawford had 10 kills and 12 digs, and Alexis Stoner had 37 assists and an outstanding 21 digs for the Hawks. The final box score shows this match's excitement and the Lady Hawks' determination (27-25, 13-25, 16-25, 27-25, 16-14).

In their last regular season match, the team earned a 3-1 win against Howard Community College at home. The Hawks offense was unstoppable with Brooke Crawford earning 11 kills, Katelyn Butrick had 8 kills, Mallory Jackson and Lexi Spickler both finished with 7 kills, and Alexis Stoner dished out 39 assists. This last victory gave the Lady Hawks confidence headed into the Region XX Tournament, and two weeks of preparation was setting them up for a hopeful tournament championship title.

The Hawks first NJCAA Region XX tournament match they swept CCBC Essex (25-19, 25-16, 25-14). Mallory Jackson had 10 kills, Brooke Crawford had 8 kills, and Alexis Stoner had 29 assists. It was a great way to start the weekend, but set them up for a tough match the next day. In the tournament semi-finals, Potomac State was too much for the Hawks as they played another tough match. The Lady Hawks battled through a thrilling 5 sets, mirroring their matchup earlier in the season. This time losing 2 sets to 3, competing with just 7 active players on the roster (25-22, 15-25, 20-25, 25-21, 15-12). Lexi Spickler had 15 kills and 12 digs, Mallory Jackson had 12 kills, Erin Lightfoot had 11 kills, and Alexis Stoner had 18 digs and a season high 43 assists.

Potomac State went on to the finals, where they swept NOVA for the Region XX Championship title and a trip to the NJCAA DII National Championships.