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Sweet VICTORY! Lady Mallards earn back-to-back wins

(Oct. 11, 2013) The Worcester Prep volleyball team had come close, but the Lady Mallards hadn’t won a game this season. That was until this week, when the Berlin squad scored back-to-back victories.

On Monday, the Chincoteague Ponies came to Berlin to play the Mallards.

The Prep team won the first game 25-17 and took the second 25-16. The Mallards outscored the Ponies 25-19 in the third game for the win.

“The girls played with confidence and had great team unity,” said Prep Coach Karen Hammer. “They kept their momentum going and played with control.”

Freshman Karlie Southcomb contributed with five aces, two digs, eight kills and two blocks. Senior captain Claire Stickler chipped in with five aces, one dig, five kills and two blocks. McKenna Shanahan, a senior captain, tallied four digs, two kills and four assists and junior setter Cecily Sass had four aces, two kills and six assists.

After the match, Hammer said she hoped the Mallards “keep their momentum and stay up” as they were scheduled to host the Chesapeake Christian Crusaders the following day.

Worcester’s three senior captains–Stickler, Shanahan and Bethany Wolpin– were recognized before Tuesday’s match.

The Mallards trailed the entire first game, but battled back to tie the score at 19-all. Two Southcomb kills followed by a Stickler serving ace put the Mallards on top 22-19. Points were traded, but an ace by Wolpin secured a 25-21 win.

As the girls took the court for the second game, Hammer encouraged them the “keep the momentum” and the Mallards did.

They scored six unanswered points, forcing the Crusaders’ coach to call a timeout. The Prep team cruised to a 25-16 victory.

Chesapeake Christian took the third game 25-15, but Worcester came back to win the fourth and final game 25-18.

“The girls are working hard and playing well as a unified team,” Hammer said. “They are concentrating on their serves and passes and it shows.”

Southcomb had eight kills and five blocks. Stickler recorded one ace, five kills and a block and sophomore Bridget Brown tallied two kills. Shanahan logged three kills and two assists.

Worcester will face Chesapeake Christian again on Tuesday in Easton.

Worcester Prep freshman Karlie Southcomb tips the ball over the net during Tuesday’s match against Chesapeake Christian in Berlin. Southcomb had eight kills and five blocks.

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