Eagles rally to put away Mt. Hebron

October 12, 1994|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writer

A big goal for Centennial's No. 1 volleyball team is to stay unbeaten against Howard County competition.

No. 6 Mount Hebron appeared to have the best chance to deal the Eagles their first loss in the county in three years, but Centennial overcame a mid-match stumble to beat the visiting Vikings, 15-4, 16-14, 15-6, yesterday.

"Every time we talk to players on another team, they're always saying things like 'We're out to get you,' but they have yet to prove it," said senior Krisha Svehla, whose team is the defending county and Class 3A state champion.

Yesterday, the Eagles (12-1 overall, 7-0 league) had to rebound from a 12-3 deficit in the second game, but once they recovered, they rolled through the rest of the match to victory.

Mount Hebron (8-3, 6-1) used some big blocks by 6-foot Dani Vissers and 6-3 Kate Hannas to pull ahead 5-3. The Vikings then scored seven straight points with some sensational digs, a couple powerhouse hits by Hanna and another from Amanda Smith.

"They started to beat us in that second game because they hit the floor more than we did," said Centennial coach Mike Bossom.

"They were digging balls that were [knee high] off the ground popping them right on up. We were passing balls that were chest high off the ground all over the place."

Kelly West's kill finally ended the Vikings' rally. On the next rotation with Chrissy Sfakianos serving, the Eagles started to take control.

Sfakianos' deep serves gave Mount Hebron trouble and helped the Eagles get their offense back on track.

In a six-point Centennial run, Sfakianos served two aces, Rija Beares had two kills and setter Sheri Kujawa dumped the ball off for a couple more points.

A few minutes later, Lia Kaltreider served for the game with Mount Hebron up 14-12, but Svehla pounded one of her game-high 15 kills for the side out.

Through two more rotations, the Vikings could not score another point.

Centennial finished off the match when Meredith Price (eight kills) slammed a kill off a ball that Vissers saved with her fist at the net.

"I had an impressive rotation and then I had a rotation that didn't have the height and didn't have the net power," said Vikings coach Jeannine McCrumb.

"But I feel really good about this match. We played well and we passed very well."

However in the third game, the Vikings hit a passing slump and never got closer than within 9-3.

Vissers led the Vikings with six kills while Kaltreider and Hannas had four each.

Seven Eagles finished with four or more kills, including Kujawa, Kelly West and Jenny West with six each, Michelle Dugan with five and Beares with four.

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