Glen Burnie sweeps past Chesapeake, into final

October 29, 1994|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer

Glen Burnie volleyball coach Juanita Milani said she didn't think her team played well yesterday against No. 13 Chesapeake-AA. The Gophers' hitting and passing weren't sharp, and they struggled at times to return serves.

It wasn't a flawless effort, but it wasn't a failure, either.

Sisters Heather and Amy Hutson combined for 14 kills and 10 assists, and No. 4 Glen Burnie swept its 12th opponent, taking a 15-8, 15-11, 15-11 win over the visiting Cougars.

The Gophers (13-1) earned a spot in Tuesday night's inaugural Anne Arundel County championship match against No. 3 Severna Park at Arundel. Their only loss came against the Falcons, 3-2, on Oct. 11.

Heather Hutson was 23-for-23 serving with three aces, six kills and six assists. Amy struggled some with her serving, going 8-for-11, but she had two aces, eight kills and four assists.

Denise Warren was 10-for-11 with three kills.

Jen Stapler was 14-for-14 with two aces and one kill. And Stacey Ellenberger was 12-for-13 with one kill and one assist.

Glen Burnie has won five in a row, but this one didn't rank highly with Milani, even though the Gophers never trailed in the first game and fought back from an 11-8 deficit in the second.

"The girls supported each other, but we're still having trouble with teams that serve well. And Chesapeake did a good job of picking up our hits," she said.

The Cougars (11-4) had won five straight, but they lacked the consistency to hint at an upset. They took early leads in the second and third games, but never built enough momentum.

"Our big problem was communication," said coach Donna Zemke. "We played well, and if we had been thinking more and using our big hitters more, maybe it would have been different."

Jamie Parsons led Chesapeake with six kills and three blocks. Becky Adamarczyk had three kills.

Adamarczyk served two winners, including an ace, to reduce Glen Burnie's lead to 11-8 in the first game. But Stapler then served three winners, and Heather Hutson ended the game with an ace.

The Cougars ran off the first four points of the second game behind the serving of Jennifer Jovan. A kill by Laura Henne later put them ahead, 9-8, and an errant hit by Heather Hutson made it 11-8.

Hutson then atoned for her mistake by serving four straight winners, including two aces. Two straight kills by Amy Hutson with Ellenberger serving closed the game.

Chesapeake led 3-0, 4-3, 7-6 and 10-9 in the third game, but Heather Hutson's serving again proved critical, moving Glen Burnie ahead to stay, 12-10. Warren served two winners, and a kill by Meghan Matukonis ended the match.

Heather Zeman gave Glen Burnie a lift off the bench, going 5-for-6 serving.

The Cougars' only losses have been to ranked opponents, including Dulaney, Broadneck and Severna Park.

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