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Lady Bills roll past Glens Falls

September 13, 2012
By MIKE ZUMMO ( , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN -As the Johnstown volleyball team was warming up for Wednesday's Foothills Council match against the Glens Falls Lady Indians, the gymnasium lights went out during an effort to repair an electrical problem with the scoreboard.

The lights came back but the scoreboard did not.

However, it didn't matter as the Lady Bills cruised to an easy 3-0 victory over Glens Falls.

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Johnstown's Alyssa Nellis (15) hits the ball over the net as Glens Falls' Rachel Lashway jumps during Wednesday's Foothills Council match at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/Mike Zummo)

"I think they played great," Johnstown coach Heather McGuire said. "They're doing everything that we've practiced. It was a total team effort. We got everyone in and everyone contributed."

With final scores of 25-12, 25-8, 25-10 were due to the Lady Bills' prowess from the service line and at the net.

"We didn't know how they were so we came out strong and kept it throughout the whole game," sophomore outside hitter Annie Stock said.

Stock finished the match with five kills and six aces.

She also gave the Lady Indians two different looks from the back line in the game as she has been practicing a serve to give herself a little more power.

"She has been working on a jump-float serve," McGuire said. "She definitely showed off a little bit of her jump-float today."

She didn't show it off all the time, however. Stock took the service line with the third game tied, 4-4, and the Lady Bills leading the match 2-0. She went to a more conventional serve for the next six points, registering two aces and giving the Lady Bills command with a 10-4 lead.

Then, she went for the power, scoring two aces before Glens Falls coach Laura Kules called for a timeout.

"I wanted to get us ahead in the beginning," Stock said. "Once I saw that we were ahead, I brought out my harder serve."

The Lady Bills (2-1 overall, 2-1 Foothills Council) built a 12-1 lead in the first game behind an eight-point service run by Brianne O'Rourke, launching the Lady Bills to a 25-11 win. In the second game, Kaitlyn Duesler did the damage from the back line, hitting two aces and taking advantage of many Glens Falls hitting errors.

By the time the Lady Indians got the serve back, Johnstown had a nine-point lead in the game. A hitting error by Glens Falls' Dominique Green sent the serve immediately back to Johnstown and the Lady Bills built a 25-8 victory to take a commanding lead in the match.

"My girls have a lot of experience and they just went out and played," McGuire said.

Zara Hyde led Johnstown with seven assists, six digs and six aces, while Jerica Holland had seven assists and five kills. Madison Smrtic had four digs.

Johnstown will travel to Hudson Falls on Friday.



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