Hereford swept by Oakdale in Class 2A state volleyball semifinals

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 03:28:43 PM. Hereford falls in three sets in volleyball state semifinals
For the fifth year in a row the Hereford volleyball team made the trip to Ritchie Coliseum in College Park and left with a loss in the Class 2A state semifinals. Oakdale, of Frederick County, got off to fast starts in the first and third sets and rolled to a 25-7, 25-22, 25-12 victory. Hereford (16-4) was making its 13th trip to the state tournament and Oakdale (16-2) was making its second. In Oakdale’s only other appearance, in 2014, they won the state title and two of the girls were there for the historic occasion. Senior hitter Megan Ray was a ballgirl and sophomore hitter Jess Twilley was watching her older sister, Liz Twilley, play for the champions. This time, Liz, who plays for the University of Maryland, was in the stands watching the her younger sister lead the Bears with seven kills, including five in the first set, when the Bears raced to a 5-0 lead and never looked back. Three of the points came on aces by Megan Ray, who led the match with six aces to go along with her five kills. “It was just all nerves,” said Hereford junior Maggie May, who led the Bulls with 11 kills. “The environment is just really intimidating and I tried to focus and to save the match in the second and third set.” Brian Krista / Baltimore Sun Media Group Hereford's Maggie May (11) tries to punch the ball over Towson's Emma Kelly (6) during a girls volleyball match at Hereford High School on Wednesday, Oct. 11. Hereford's Maggie May (11) tries to punch the ball over Towson's Emma Kelly (6)...Read more
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