From the HCC sports desk:
BEL AIR, Md.—The Harford women’s volleyball team was plagued by errors and managed a positive hitting percentage in just one set as it fell, 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-22) in the season-opener against Delaware Tech-Terry last Thursday.
The Fighting Owls (0-1) committed 21 attack errors while recording only 13 kills in 76 attempts for an overall match hitting efficiency of -.105, while the Hawks (1-0) fared better, but still committed 18 errors and notched 28 kills in 92 attempts for a .109 clip.
Freshman Sarah Baker (Joppa, Md./Joppatowne) led the anemic offense, tallying five kills, two aces and four digs to lead the team with seven points overall, while Sarah Eberly was just one dig away from a double-double for Del-Tech as she tallied nine kills, 11 digs, and also added four aces.
The Hawks took a 2-0 lead in the first set off kills by Jennifer Wilson and Ashlie Larimore before turning over possession with a service error to give Harford its first point. Del-Tech would add two more points to its total thanks to an Owl attack error and a kill by Shannon Green to take a three-point, 4-1 lead over Harford, however a ball handling error would give the serve back to Harford.
Freshman Kaitlyn Hall (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) would serve for two consecutive points to knot the score at four, which was the first of 10 ties in the set, before the Hawks took back possession.
Del-Tech would build up a two-point lead, 7-5, before an attack error put Harford within one and sophomore Ashlyn Tapler (Jarrettsville, Md./North Harford) served for two points to give Harford its first lead, 8-7. The Hawks would tie the score at eight and nine before taking the lead back, but Harford would stick around, tying at 11, 13 and 14 points before taking its second lead of the game, 15-14, after a Hawk error and building the lead to two points, 16-14, thanks to another error.
The lead would be the Owls’ last, however, as a Harford attack error knotted the score at 17 and Wilson served for the next three points to give Del-Tech a 20-17 lead on the way to the 25-20 set win.
The second set saw almost as many ties as the first, but the Owls could not put together more than two consecutive points while the Hawks saw two, three-point runs and one five-point scoring run to take the set, 25-18.
The third set looked to be going the same way as the first two after Del-Tech took a 6-2 lead, but a service error by Eberly sparked an eight-point run for the Owls behind the serve of freshman Rebecca Wysocki (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) to take an 11-6 lead.
The Hawks would cut into that lead a bit, making the score 11-9, but a kill by sophomore Brittany Kaszak (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall) would set off another scoring run for Harford, this time five points behind Baker’s serve to take a seven-point, 16-9 lead.
The Hawks would gradually cut away at the lead before an Eberly kill gave them the sideout and put them within two, 22-20. Tiffany Parry would serve for the next five points, including three aces, on the way to the 25-20 set and match win.
The Fighting Owls continued the season over the weekend at the Howard Dragon Invitational, with results and a recap to follow.