No. 10 Panthers team up to win

September 29, 1994|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer

It was North Carroll's finely tuned volleyball machine against an extremely talented Nicole Spencer and South Carroll last night.

Spencer put on a show with some blistering kills for points and several beautiful saves of what appeared to be certain North Carroll points off kills.

But she couldn't overcome a superb all-around effort by the 10th-ranked Panthers who rolled to their fourth straight victory with a 15-3, 15-6, 15-13 decision over the Cavaliers at North Carroll.

No one expected North Carroll (5-1 overall, 5-0 in the Central Maryland Conference, 1-0 in the county) to wipe out South Carroll (2-3, 2-2, 1-1) in three games but there were extenuating circumstances.

The Cavaliers played without

their top setter and one of their top hitters in senior Melissa Gettemy who missed the game with a hand injury.

Gettemy had her right hand in a cast last night after getting hurt last Thursday in a match against Thomas Johnson. She said she wasn't sure when she would return to action.

"They don't know yet if it's a broken bone or not," said Gettemy.

"That's sad," said North Carroll coach Donn'a Martin. "Melissa Gettemy is the top setter in the county. Nicole Spencer needs her to get the ball to her."

However, nothing could take away from North Carroll's team play.

Nearly every one of the 13 members of the Panthers' squad played an important role in the victory, with Kandi Lippy, Carisa Kreichauf, Katy Wilhelm and Karen Carter all turning in strong performances.

Kreichauf, a sophomore, had 12 kills and six blocks, and Lippy had 18 kills. Wilhelm scored 20 points on her serve, and Carter had seven kills.

"This was the best we've played this season," said Martin.

"I'm finally seeing in games what I've been seeing in practice. We have really long scrimmages because I can't find six players who can dominate for us. But we do have some players who are stepping forward more and more with each game."

Shannon Tracey is one of those unsung players who is contributing a lot more to the team now than early in the season. Tracey had six blocks last night.

South Carroll coach Debbie Eaton said her team should have given North Carroll more competition even without Gettemy.

"In one game it was our passing that hurt us and in the next it was our serving," said Eaton. "We never got it all together. There was a lack of communication.

"I know we're a better team than we showed even though we have to go to Nicole Spencer a lot without Melissa on the court."

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