Centennial coasts to quick win

October 21, 1992|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer

Centennial volleyball coach Bill Shook had seen enough of his Eagles last weekend to sense what was coming last night against visiting Glenelg.

Shook said before the match that the Eagles' pre-game warm-up might take more time than Centennial would require to defeat the Gladiators. He didn't miss by much, as the Eagles needed barely an hour to whip Glenelg, 15-2, 15-2, 15-12.

While winning their 34th straight match, the defending state-champion Eagles (15-0) looked as sharp as they did on Saturday, when they won the 6th Annual Bulldog volleyball tournament at North Caroline High School. In that day-long affair, the Eagles won six consecutive matches and were threatened in only two of the 12 games they played.

"Self-doubt is the biggest burden on any team and any coach. That [the tournament] eliminated any self-doubt that they might have had," Shook said. "You saw a team riding a wave of confidence out there tonight. They were just glowing."

Centennial wasted no time pounding the Gladiators (6-3), who appeared to be rattled from the outset.

Behind the blistering hitting of Shannon Saltzman (four kills, three point blocks) and Laura Taneyhill (six kills) and the nasty jump serve of Carlyn Cangiano (three aces), the Eagles bolted to a 10-1 lead in game one and coasted from there. Centennial wound up the first game with eight aces. Several aces resulted from sloppy receptions by Glenelg on easy serves.

"If you give us a free ball, say your prayers," Shook said.

The Eagles were impressive in every phase. They committed only two service errors, and recorded 17 aces. They passed smartly and played superb defense in the back row. They overpowered the Gladiators with hard shots and fooled them with well-placed dinks.

"Coming out of the tournament, I thought maybe they [Centennial] would be a little tired, but they came out strong," Glenelg coach Marlene Janis said. "We looked scared to death. We didn't show any confidence. We made a few errors early and everything just fell apart."

The Eagles kept the pressure on in the second game. After Glenelg scored the first point to enjoy its only lead of the evening, Saltzman, Taneyhill and Cangiano reeled off kills to give the Eagles a 4-1 lead. Carrie Shadrick (three aces, 13-for-13 serving) and Cangiano recorded aces to make it 7-1. The first two games took less than 30 minutes.

After the Eagles bolted to a 13-5 lead in the third game, Shook substituted heavily, and the Gladiators staged their only rally of the match. Glenelg closed to within 13-12, before the Eagles put the match away.

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