Glenelg overtakes Liberty

November 11, 1992|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

Fourth-seeded Glenelg used its height advantage to dominate play at the net and score a 15-9, 7-15, 15-1, 15-6 victory over top-seeded and host Liberty in a Class 2A, Region I semifinal last night.

Glenelg (12-4) will meet third-seeded Allegany, which defeated second-seeded North Carroll in the other region semifinal, in the region final.

Liberty, which lost to Mount Hebron in last year's state final, finished 11-5.

Marisa Davidson and Debbie Snyder helped the Gladiatorcontrol play at the net. Davidson used a variety of kills, dinks and blocks and Snyder relied on blocks and thunderous kills.

Snyder, a 6-foot senior, finished with nine kills and seven blocks. Davidson, a 5-11 junior, had 14 kills and two blocks. Liberty's tallest player was 5-8.

"We scrimmaged them earlier," said Snyder. "We knew we had a better hitting team."

Liberty coach Helen Derwin said the Gladiators' hitting and blocking hurt the Lions, but the blocking bothered them more.

"I thought their blocks were more detrimental to my kids," said Derwin. "When they blocked us, we had trouble regrouping."

Snyder and Davidson played vital roles in the game one comeback for Glenelg. Liberty had jumped on top thanks to four straight points served by Cailin Lawler for a 9-4 lead.

The Gladiators then awoke. They scored 11 straight points to take the game. Snyder made back-to-back blocks to give Glenelg a 9-9 tie. At game point, Davidson added a well-placed dink to seal the win.

Glenelg remained inconsistent in Game 2, and Liberty took advantage of that. Dawn Kennick served five straight to give the Lions a 7-1 lead. Glenelg rallied, but Lawler closed out the game with three straight points.

Davidson began the third game by serving five straight points. Glenelg rolled to a 15-1 victory. Snyder chipped in with two blocks at the end, and Joy Younce, who played a strong all-around match, clinched the win with a dink.

"We needed to get the jitters out," said Glenelg coach Marlene Janis. "Once they did, they started to play their game."

Game 4 was all Glenelg. The Gladiators scored five straight early in Game 4 for an 8-2 lead, and they remained in control. Snyder closed the match with another kill.

"They did a nice job," said Derwin. "There was a definite height advantage."

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