Glen Burnie sails past South River

October 19, 1994|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Sun Staff Writer

The Heather Hutson Show again was a smash hit.

It was Hutson from start to finish, from her first serve that gave Glen Burnie a 1-0 lead in the opening game to the fourth and final game when the Gophers built a 10-0 advantage while she was serving.

The result was a 15-3, 14-16, 15-3, 15-1 victory for No. 5 Glen Burnie (10-1) over No. 11 South River (9-3) yesterday on the Seahawks' court.

Hutson finished with 24 good serves in 25 attempts, four aces, nine kills and 17 assists.

So what does Hutson mean to Glen Burnie volleyball?

"Everything," said coach Juanita Milani. "She's a captain, she's a senior, she's a floor leader. She's everything.

"You'd never know it to watch her play, but she's had bronchitis for two weeks. She's the kind of player who makes up for it mentally when she's not at full potential physically. Heather doesn't make a lot of mistakes."

Of prime concern to Milani entering the game was that Glen Burnie not give a flat effort as it did in beating Arundel Friday after its only loss of the season, to No. 4 Severna Park in five games.

Before that, Glen Burnie had won 24 straight games in polishing off eight opponents.

"That was a heart-breaker," Milani said. "Then we beat Arundel in three games, but looked flat."

To her, the team still appeared flat in the first two games yesterday before playing capably in the last two. Complementing Hutson were Stacey Ellenberger (six kills), Denise Warren (six kills), Heather's sister Amy (four aces, eight kills), Meghan Matukonis (four kills) and Jen Stapler (four kills).

South River had won five straight since losing to Severna Park. Coach Maureen Carter noted before the game she has a "whole new team" after losing two key players to graduation, hitter Pam Patterson and setter Stacey Thomas.

"So far, so good," Carter said. "This is a team of hustlers that wants to prove it's as good as the team that was 11-4 last year. This game is a big one."

By failing to spring an upset, South River leaves Glen Burnie with Broadneck and Severna Park as the cream of the county. Each has one loss in county play. The Gophers will entertain No. 3 Broadneck tomorrow.

"I don't expect Severna Park to lose again, so our game with Broadneck will probably decide who plays Severna Park for the county championship," Milani said.

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