Glenelg topples Atholton, 3-1

October 28, 1992|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Atholton coach Jon Peterson warned his volleyball players before yesterday's match that Glenelg was a much better team than the one they had defeated in straight games Oct. 6.

But Peterson's words seemed to go unheeded, as the homestanding Gladiators showed their progress, defeating the Raiders, 3-1.

"The first time we played them, we beat them very easily, and I told them it was a much better team," said Peterson. "I drilled them on it and we practiced on it. I think they listened, but it didn't really sink in."

The Gladiators went to work immediately, taking a 7-2 lead in the first game after three straight spikes by Marisa Davidson. After trailing by as many as eight, Atholton (7-5, 6-5) pulled back to within striking range behind the serving of Kelly Smith. Glenelg went on a five-point run behind the serving of Donna Snyder and won the game, 15-8, on an ace by Joy Younce.

Davidson, who converted on 38 of 43 hits on the day, including 15 kills, got things rolling in the second game and helped the Gladiators open a 5-1 advantage. At times, the Raiders appeared immobile, and Glenelg dinked its way to a 15-6 win in Game 2.

"Glenelg played great," Peterson said. "I don't think they could play much better, and we didn't really play the way we could play. We gave our best performance last week, and we turn around and give our worst performance of the year.

"We passed poorly, and because of that, we set poorly, and because of that, we couldn't put the ball away."

A Smith-led Atholton team salvaged a 15-8 victory in the third game before losing momentum and bowing 15-4 in the fourth. Smith finished the match with 11 kills, four blocks and six service points, but it was Atholton's Debbie Snyder who was the real difference in the match with 15 kills and two blocks.

"Our girls were hungry to beat this team," said Glenelg coach Marlene Janis. "It seemed like everything was going right. They were communicating well and passing well and they were reading to where the ball was going. It was good effort all around."

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