HAGERSTOWN —It was one for all and one for all on Sunday.
Hagerstown Community College joined forces with Genesee (N.Y.) and Montgomery/Rockville in Three Muskateers fashion to share the title in the Tracey Leather Memorial Tournament at the HCC athletic complex.
The three teams advanced out of Saturday’s pool play to set up Sunday’s round-robin championship round. Each team went 1-1 on the day, creating the shared championship.
HCC battled back to win its share of the title. After dropping a 25-21, 25-19, 25-6 match to Genesee, the Hawks bounced back with a 25-23, 21-25, 23-25, 25-17, 15-11 win over Rockville.
Rockville defeated Genesee 25-22, 22-25, 25-20, 25-20 to create the three-way tie.
Tournament officials considered using a tiebreaking system to determine a champion but opted to crown tri-champions.
HCC’s rough start in the opener prevented the Hawks from winning the tournament outright.
“Genesee played well against us,” said HCC coach Ann Reynolds. “They were very scrappy. Our passing was off and we weren’t getting to our defensive positions, which kept us from running our offense.”
The Hawks didn’t start hitting a stride until they started the second match against Rockville.
“We were still a little off in the Rockville match,” Reynolds said. “We still weren’t playing our game. We finally came around in the fourth game. Cortney Silvis was playing really well for us and putting the ball away. Once we started playing defense, things fell into place.”
Paige Kitchen had 18 service points to go with 39 assists and 11 digs for the Hawks against Rockville. Emmalyn Stahl had 17 kills and 11 digs for HCC, while Silvis added 15 kills and six digs. Dominique Quesada added 10 digs, and Elise Manning had six blocks and four kills for the Hawks.
HCC’s win over Rockville came down to a fifth game. Kitchen opened the game with four straight service points to give the Hawks a lead they never relinquished. Rockville closed to within 12-11, but HCC won a side out and closed with Kitchen serving the final two points, including an ace on match point.
Kitchen had 15 assists and Danielle Beaver had 13 digs for the Hawks against Genesee. Manning added six kills and Silvis had five kills for HCC.
Outside hitter Paige Tilert of Genesee was named the Tournament MVP. Tilert had 13 service points against HCC. The Hawks had four members on the 13-player all-tournament team as Silvis, Brittany Skrutski, Kitchen and Manning all received honors.