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Hereford volleyball swept by Rising Sun in Class 2A state semifinals

COLLEGE PARK — No one needed to look at the scoreboard when this volleyball match ended. The Rising Sun girls jumped for joy. The Hereford players had to fight back tears.

The Tigers from Cecil County defeated Hereford, 25-21, 25-13, 26-16, in the Class 2A state semifinals at University of Maryland's Ritchie Coliseum.

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Three sophomores — outside hitters Breanne Haley (7 kills, 11 digs) and Lacey Swartout (7 kills) and setter Sarah Williams (19 assists) — led the Tigers.

Rising Sun improved to a perfect 23-0 and have won 51 of 52 sets.

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Rising Sun (23-0) advances to play Oakdale of Frederick County, on Monday at 6 p.m. in College Park.The Tigers will try to earn their first state title since winning the Class 1A championship in 2006 and the Class 2A championship in 2007.

The Tigers will try to earn their first state title since winning the Class 1A championship in 2006 and the Class 2A state championship in 2007.

"We would up just having a little too much firepower than they had," Rising Sun coach Rich Wilson said. "We had two outsides and two middle that could hit. But it maybe an experience issue, too. We have been here before. We just handled the overall pressure a little bit better than they did."

Sophomore outside hitter Erin Collins (7 kills, 4 digs) and junior setter Camerson Bibaud (8 assists, 4 digs, 3 kills) had the best performances for Hereford (14-5).

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Hereford led 4-2 and 6-4 in the first set. After a 13-13 tie, Rising Sun led rest of the way thanks to the net play of Haley and Swartout.
Hereford coach Dave Schreiner called two timeouts, but it couldn't slow down the Tigers' momentum.

In the second set, Hereford led early again at 8-4, but Rising Sun met little resistance for the rest of it. The Tigers closed with a 10-0 run behind the serving of Swartout.

The final set was tied five times early before Rising Sun started to take control.

"Overall, we played as well as we have this year," said Hereford coach Dave Schreiner, whose team lost five starters from a squad that fell in the state semifinals to Patterson Mill in four sets last year. "We did the things we were capable of doing.

"It just wasn't enough," he added. "They had good size and good hitters and still covered the floor well."

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