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F. S. Key rebounds with easy victory


It was Parents Night at Francis Scott Key yesterday, and the Eagles volleyball team celebrated with a three-game sweep of Monocacy Valley Athletic League foe Middletown.

Coming off their first conference loss against Boonsboro on Monday, the Eagles wasted little time getting back on track against the visiting Knights -- winning 15-5, 15-3, 15-5 to improve to 8-2.

"Usually we tend to have letdowns against teams that don't have as good of a record, so we've worked hard on taking it one game at a time and the kids responded well," Key coach Leo Totten said.

Middletown (1-7), in its second season of varsity play, was overmatched from the start.

With Key leading 6-5 in the first game, senior Shelley Smith had four straight service points -- including one ace -- to push the lead to 10-5. More strong serving from senior Tina Smith capped it.

The Eagles jumped to a quick 6-0 lead in the second game, and Tina Smith closed it out with a strong kill.

Again it was strong serving that was the difference, with Shelley and Tina Smith doing most of the damage.

"Overall, the serving was very strong," Totten said. "All season, we've had solid serving from Tina, Shelley and Jenny Baker, and everyone has been very consistent."

The Eagles then made it three straight, jumping to an 8-2 lead and finishing the match with a service ace from Jen Bolling.

Shelley Smith led the way with nine service points, five aces and three kills. Tina Smith added seven service points, two aces and kills and three blocks. Kristi Stambaugh controlled the middle with a team-high five blocks.

Totten is hoping the victory can carry over when his Eagles face some stiffer challenges in the MVAL.

"What we tried to do tonight was put the past behind us -- we weren't happy how we played against Boonsboro -- and go out and just have some fun," Totten said.

"We came out a little tight against Boonsboro, and I don't think the kids had too much fun on Monday. We're hoping this win can be a stepping stone on getting back on track."

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