Glenelg tops Howard, wins 2A playoff berth Volleyball

November 06, 1992|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer

Faced with a win-or-miss-the-playoffs proposition, Glenelg probably would not lose to most of its county competition.

Facing a struggling Howard team that was missing half of its starters, Glenelg barely broke a sweat while rolling to a 15-3, 15-1, 15-4 sweep last night over the visiting Lions.

The victory gives Glenelg (11-4) a second-place finish in the county behind Centennial, and puts the Gladiators in the Class 2A, Region I playoffs as the fourth seed. Glenelg will play at top seed Liberty on Tuesday in the regional semifinals.

A loss would have eliminated the Gladiators from postseason competition. Glenelg rebounded from a 6-9 finish last season to make the playoffs for the first time in three years.

"The most significant thing is the improvement of the whole team, including the bench," Glenelg coach Marlene Janis said. "In the beginning of the year, I had six players. Now, I can look down the bench and put in anybody at any position and feel comfortable."

The Gladiators showed their depth. Laura Schrader, one of the team's best hitters and defenders, left the match during the first game with back spasms that have bothered her for two weeks. But Glenelg, with solid fill-in efforts from Emily Kessler and Kerry Rutter, didn't miss a beat.

Then again, with starters Jana Wittman, Monica Motley and Nicole Maison unavailable, Howard (4-11) could not offer the Gladiators much of a challenge.

The Gladiators scored 15 aces, many because of Howard's disorganized passing game. The Lions never held a lead. Their only bright spot was senior hitter Jenny Harron, who had six kills to wind up the season with a league-leading 194.

"We expected more of a match. The last time it went four games," Janis said.

The Gladiators used their height and skill advantages well at the net. Marisa Davidson led Glenelg with six kills, three aces and five passing points. Debbie Snyder had six kills. Donna Snyder had four kills and two aces. Setter Joy Younce chipped in two aces and had 16 assists.

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