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Worcester on verge of victory

(Sept. 27, 2013) Worcester Prep volleyball Coach Karen Hammer said the Lady Mallards have improved each match. They are on the verge of getting their first victory of the season.

Last Friday on the road against the Salisbury Christian Jaguars, Hammer said the Mallards played well and fought for every point. Salisbury won the first game 25-20 and the second 25-17. The third game was a battle, but the Jaguars came out ahead 29-27 to take the match.

“Each match they are learning to communicate better and improve in areas such as serving and receiving,” Hammer said. “They just need to gain a little confidence.”

Junior Cecily Sass had three aces, two digs, three kills, three assists and two blocks for Worcester. Freshman Karlie Southcomb logged four kills and three digs.

On Monday, the Mallards took a trip to Chincoteague to play the ponies. Hammer said the team put up a terrific fight, nearly pulling out a victory.

The Ponies won the first game 25-20. The Mallards outscored their opponent 25-16 in the second. Chincoteague edged out Worcester 25-22 in the third game. The Prep team earned a convincing 25-12 victory in the fourth game to force a fifth game tiebreaker. The home team won the final game 15-10.

“They played well as a team unit. There were a few rough patches with receiving errors and missed serves, but they almost won,” Hammer said. “[Assistant Coach] Cheryl [Brown] and I were proud of them.”

Southcomb recorded four aces, eight kills and four blocks and senior captain McKenna Shanahan had two aces, seven digs and five kills.

Claire Stickler, a senior captain, tallied four aces, four digs, four kills and two blocks and freshman Shelby Cannatelli had two aces and six digs.

The Holly Grove Eagles travel to Berlin today, Friday, for a 4 p.m. game against Worcester.

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