No. 1 Centennial beats Hebron to cap perfect county season

November 02, 1994|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writer

Centennial coach Mike Bossom does not want to think about having to play No. 6 Mount Hebron again.

Yesterday, the No. 1 Eagles beat Mount Hebron in three games, but the match proved a lot tougher than the Eagles' three-game sweep earlier in the season.

In the first meeting, the Vikings played tough in the second game but had nothing left for the third. This time, the host Vikings battled right to the end before falling 15-8, 15-13, 16-14.

For Centennial, the win capped a 14-0 run through the Howard County league and polished off Centennial's eighth county championship in 11 years.

But if the Eagles (19-1) plan to successfully defend their regional and state titles, they probably will have to beat the Vikings (12-5 overall, 10-3 league) once more to do it.

Both teams are in the Class 3A East region. If they do meet, it will not be until the regional championship game on Nov. 11 at Centennial.

"It's tough to beat any team two times in the season let alone three," said Bossom, "and we beat them twice which makes them hungrier."

Vikings senior Lia Kaltreider agreed that Mount Hebron is hungry to beat the Eagles.

"Every time we play them we get better. We had been playing poorly in our last two matches. Losing to Glenelg [Friday in five games] definitely gave us motivation. We played a lot more like a team today."

The Vikings played well at the net, and it took the Eagles a while to adjust to the blocking of 6 feet 3 Kate Hannas, 6-0 Dani Vissers and 5-8 Kathy Doyle.

"They read our offense well," said Eagles setter Sheri Kujawa. "They had a very strong block."

Every time the Eagles seemed ready to take control of the last two games, the Vikings refused to give in. The Eagles also hurt themselves with 13 service errors in their worst serving match of the season.

The Vikings had eight service mistakes, but three in a row helped the Eagles score four straight and pull ahead 14-11 in the second game. Sara Nichols' hit, Doyle's block and Kaltreider's tip all denied the Eagles' game point.

The Vikings pulled within 14-13, but Krisha Svehla (11 kills) finished off the game with a hit that Vissers could not quite get the block on.

To open the final game, Kujawa served a six-point run for the Eagles, who eventually took a 13-7 lead. But with help from Amanda Smith's ace and Kaltreider's kill and point block, the Vikings staged a six-point run to take a 14-13 lead.

Svehla smashed one into the corner on a broken play to tie it at 14. Then Kelly West (seven kills) pounded one down the line after Heather Tolkach came up with a dig on Vissers' hit to save the point.

The match ended when Vissers (10 kills) hit one that did not clear the net.

Glen Burnie wins title

Sisters Heather and Amy Hutson combined for 35 kills and 33 assists, leading No. 4 Glen Burnie (14-1) past No. 3 Severna Park, 15-12, 15-10, 16-18, 15-7, at Arundel for the Anne Arundel County title. It was Glen Burnie's first win over Severna Park (18-3) in four years. The Falcons beat Glen Burnie, 3-2, on Oct. 11.

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