Glenelg stuns N. Carroll in three straight games Huber thwarted by Davidsons Volleyball

September 21, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

Glenelg gave North Carroll a look into the real world of high school volleyball yesterday.

The Gladiators from traditionally strong Howard County tore through the Panthers, 16-14, 15-5, 15-7, bringing the Carroll County team down to earth after it had swept Linganore and Francis Scott Key in three games in the Panthers' first two matches of the season.

Glenelg went to the state 2A semifinal last season before losing to Howard County foe Mount Hebron, and the Gladiators might be even better this season, according to their coach Marlene Janis.

Glenelg (4-1) simply overpowered North Carroll (2-1) in the second and third games after winning a tight first game at North Carroll.

The Davidson sisters, senior Marisa and sophomore Elisa, unleashed a seemingly endless string of kills on North Carroll in the second and third games and they wound up with a combined 21 kills in three games. Marisa had 15 kills, Elisa six.

Marisa Davidson also won points on eight of nine serves, including one ace. She was 22 of 27 on hits with all five errors coming in the first game.

Elisa Davidson was 11 of 13 in hits and had 10 assists.

"We were flat in that first game," said Janis. "Then Marisa kind of took over along with her sister. Marisa leads the team. She can do everything."

Senior Emily Kessler (10 of 10 on serves with four aces) and junior Susan Geisler (outstanding setter) also played major roles in the victory that took only one hour.

For North Carroll, it was a case of not being able to block the powerful Davidson sisters all afternoon even though standout Panthers senior Joy Huber was right up in air with the Glenelg girls most of the time.

On numerous occasions, Huber went up for the block but the ball would carom off her hands on to the floor for Glenelg points.

"They had a lot of power and managed to get through our blocks," said first-year North Carroll coach Don'a Martin. "We didn't move as well as we did last week in our two wins. I'm not saying we would have beat them but it would have been closer. Glenelg is a tremendous team."

The Gladiators wanted to stay away from the high-leaping Huber, who is coming off an outstanding junior season for North Carroll.

"We were supposed to keep the ball away from her," said Janis. "She's a superb player. We didn't always do it."

Huber had eight kills in the match, three below her average in the first two matches.

Glenelg's only setback this season came in four games to Centennial.

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