No. 5 Broadneck handles Glen Burnie

October 24, 1992|By Tom Worgo | Tom Worgo,Contributing Writer

Someone was missing from yesterday's volleyball match between No. 5 Broadneck and Glen Burnie -- Gophers star Heather Hutson. With its primary setter sitting on the bench because of an intestinal virus, host Broadneck cruised past the Gophers, 15-3, 15-3, 15-2.

Glen Burnie (5-4, 5-3) seemed to lack a passing game and rhythm without its honorable mention all-metro selection.

"We missed her leadership on the court," Glen Burnie coach Juanita Milani said. "She will run anything down and set it. We just didn't get the ball up to the setters. It was like a football team losing its quarterback."

Broadneck improved to 8-2 overall and 7-1 in conference play with it seventh consecutive victory.

"It's all coming together. We were confident we could beat Glen Burnie," Broadneck coach Glenn Brainer said. "We have made the adjustments since the beginning of the year [when the Bruins went 1-2]. "We have been improving, and that's a key."

The Bruins also were without a key player. Primary setter Krissi St. Clair, a junior, was lost for the season when she fell on a teammate in practice on Wednesday and fractured her ankle. But Broadneck still maintained excellent serve percentage, going 64-for-70.

Senior outside setter Julie Scott, who leads the metro area with an

average of 3.8 kills per game, got the Bruins going in the first two games, recording six aces and making 10 kills. Scott finished off Glen Burnie in the first game with a kill. The Gophers aided Broadneck in the first contest with eight unforced errors.

Glen Burnie had it best showing of the match in the second game when it closed to 6-3 on a Broadneck unforced error. The Bruins, however, reeled off nine consecutive points, including five on unforced errors.

Poor passing hampered Glen Burnie throughout the match, but especially in the first two games.

"When you can't pass, you can't do anything else effectively," Milani said. "I know they have a lot more depth [15 players to 10] and power. Eventually, our lack of experience, with only one senior on the team, in tight games caught up to us. Our depth hurt us, too."

Despite using several substitutes for the third game, Broadneck was still able to dominate.

Broadneck's Jennifer Hogan was 10-for-11 serving, and Julie Barr had six kills in two games.

It was the third straight loss to a ranked opponent for Glen Burnie. This month, the Gophers have lost to No. 2 Severna Park and No. 6 South River in addition to the Bruins. And Glen Burnie faces No. 8 Old Mill on Tuesday.

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