Cox

Hagerstown’s Carli Cox (10) rises for a kill attempt against Knightstown during Thursday night’s opening-round volleyball match of Class 2A Sectional 41 at Eastern Hancock High School. The four-time defending sectional champion Tigers swept past the Panthers in three sets and will play Centerville in today’s second semifinal match.

CHARLOTTESVILLE — After watching her team drop a regular season match to Hagerstown in September, Knightstown volleyball Head Coach Shanna Smucker said her team was intimidated by the past success of the Hagerstown program before the match ever started.

The Tigers’ mystique may have lost some of its luster after they lost their last two regular season matches, but Hagerstown entered Thursday’s rematch with the Panthers in Class 2A Sectional 41 with one thing the Knightstown players never have experienced: winning a sectional championship.