Mount Hebron rallies to win 2A title Volleyball

November 22, 1992|By Michael Richman | Michael Richman,Contributing Writer

Entering the fifth game of the Class 2A volleyball championship, Mount Hebron didn't want to repeat its inconsistency of the first four games.

Against North Caroline, the Vikings trailed by eight, five, seven and six points, respectively, the first four times around. They recovered to win the second and fourth games and led nearly the entire distance in the final game en route to a 10-15, 15-12, 11-15, 15-9, 15-8 victory yesterday at Catonsville Community College.

Mount Hebron won its third straight state title under third-year coach Jeannine McCrumb.

"In the fifth game, we were really tired. Both teams were really tired," McCrumb said. "We wanted to keep our momentum from the fourth game into the fifth game, and we did."

Outside hitter Megan Waterfield and Kai Scott, Howard County's leading setter, are the only Vikings seniors who have experienced all three championships. Waterfield capped the match with two blocks on the Bulldogs' Danita Bordley.

"Most people are lucky if they only get one," Waterfield said. "It just shows what a great coach we have. She brought us here all three times."

McCrumb and North Caroline coach Margie Knight agreed that it was an evenly played match featuring the top-seeded Bulldogs against No. 3 Mount Hebron. Last year, the Vikings defeated the Caroline County squad in three games a semifinal.

Mount Hebron (14-5) led 4-2 in the first game, but North Caroline -- with senior Marcia Nicholes serving -- scored nine consecutive points for an 11-4 edge. The Vikings rallied on the Bulldogs' multiple hitting errors to create a 13-10 game. However, a dink and Waterfield's missed kill accounted for the final points.

"In the first part of the match, we weren't up to the way we usually play," Waterfield said. "They were up the whole time and we had to work to come back."

That was the case in the second game, as Bordley's forced hitting error gave North Caroline (18-1) a 9-4 advantage. The Bulldogs then led 11-7, until Quinn's three aces helped the Vikings go up, 12-11. North Caroline tied it, but Mount Hebron scored the last three points, the capper on sophomore Dani Vissers' ace.

In the fourth, Mount Hebron fell behind 9-3 on junior Cassie Cutright's ace.

With sophomore Kelly Quinn serving, Mount Hebron scored 10 straight. After a side out, Vissers served for the final two points.

With the fifth game tied at 4, the Vikings spurted to an 8-4 edge. Bordley's kill brought North Caroline to 11-8, but Visser's serving resulted in the last four points and a state championship.

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