Centennial defeated in tournament

October 09, 1994|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writer

DENTON -- No. 1 Centennial came to the eighth annual Bulldog Classic Volleyball Tournament at North Caroline High School hoping to erase the memory of last year's second-place finish.

Instead, it finished in the runner-up spot again. Northern of Calvert County won the championship match, 8-15, 15-10, 15-4.

No. 4 Mount Hebron never made it to the quarterfinals, finishing 5-3 in preliminary pool play.

Neither Centennial (11-1) nor Northern (13-0) lost a game through the semifinals. The Eagles beat Richard Montgomery, 15-4, 15-10, in the semifinal while the Patriots defeated defending champion and No. 6 Severna Park, 15-2, 15-11.

In the title match, the Eagles stunned Northern by rolling up a quick 6-0 lead. The Eagles dominated at the net with Krisha Svehla and Jenny West earning three kills each.

The Eagles also frustrated the Patriots' hitters with intimidating blocking, especially from Svehla and Michelle Dugan, who combined for 16 point blocks.

But that domination did not carry over to the second game. The Patriots took control early, building a 7-1 lead. Four Eagles' hitting errors helped the Patriots take over. Centennial couldn't get closer than within five.

In the final game, the Eagles had trouble returning the Patriots' serves, and they never got their offense going. Four bad passes in a row helped the Patriots pull ahead, 12-4.

"As a setter, I didn't have many options," said Eagles senior Sheri Kujawa. "Their block was all over us, and I felt like it was narrowing our options even more. I know I was puzzled with what to do."

The tournament proved even more frustrating for Mount Hebron. In preliminary pool play, the Vikings lost to Severna Park, 15-13, 15-11. They also split with Richard Montgomery while sweeping Western and North East.

"We can't keep making errors at the wrong time," said Vikings coach Jeannine McCrumb. "We do something good, then all of a sudden we'll serve the ball in the net or something and it just takes the steam out of us."

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