Davidson, Glenelg go for 2nd title

November 17, 1995|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Two years ago, Elisa Davidson took a back seat to her talented sister, Marisa, as Glenelg captured the Class 2A state ,, volleyball championship.

Now a senior, Elisa can end her outstanding career at Glenelg like her sister. The No. 4 Gladiators (17-3) play No. 7 Catonsville (15-3) tomorrow at noon for the 2A state title at Catonsville Community College.

Also tomorrow at Catonsville CC, No. 2 Mount Hebron (17-2), which upset four-time state champion Centennial in the East Region final, will play Thomas Stone (18-0) at 5 p.m. in the 3A state final.

Elisa was a starting setter two years ago for her sister Marisa, now at Villanova. Elisa plays both setter and hitter for the PTC Gladiators, but it is her hitting that clearly sets her apart. She has 305 kills this season.

"I don't think any team is really going to stop Elisa," said Catonsville coach Debbie Clem, who watched Davidson have 26 kills in her team's semifinal win Tuesday over North Caroline. "She's going to get her kills. She gets so high, she's so powerful. She's a real talent."

Glenelg coach Marlene Janis, along with all but three of her players, watched Catonsville defeat South Hagerstown Wednesday to advance to the final. Janis, who used to play volleyball with Clem, likes the Gladiators' chances.

"It should be a good match," said Janis. "It will be a challenge, but I'm confident if we play the way we're capable of playing we'll come out on top."

Janis said Amber Reig, the team leader in assists, and Kara Laws, the leader in blocks, have done a good job recently.

"It's been a wonderful season, regardless of what happens," said Janis, whose team last month handed Centennial its first loss against a county opponent since 1990.

"But we certainly want to take it one more step."

For Mount Hebron, the team needs to try and play as intensely as it did in its five-game upset of Centennial.

"The Centennial match was incredibly intense, probably the most dramatic of the season," said Mount Hebron coach Daryl Beard, who has not scouted Thomas Johnson. "This team really wants to be challenged. When they are, like against Centennial, they play hard. When they're not, they don't."

The Vikings, who have nine players with a serving percentage above 90 percent, fell behind, 6-0, at the start of their semifinal match Tuesday against Thomas Stone before rallying for a three-game victory.

"When we got behind, we said we beat Centennial, we've come this far, we're not going to let up now," said Kate Hannas, who leads the team with 217 kills and 53 blocks. "I don't think we're going to get behind like that [against Thomas Johnson]."

Sylvia Kaltreider, a senior setter and hitter, sprained her ankle Monday at practice and did not play against Thomas Stone. She practiced for the first time yesterday and expects to play tomorrow.

"I think I'll play. It depends a lot on how I feel after practice [today]," said Kaltreider, who has 284 assists, 58 kills and a serving percentage of 91 percent. "It wasn't that sore but I couldn't move that well."

Sara Nichols has 105 kills, followed by Kerry Quinn with 78 and Sarah Eberhart with 63. Katie Coker has 20 blocks.

Standout hockey players

Seven county field hockey players participated in Wednesday night's Maryland State Field Hockey Coaches Association all-star game at Johns Hopkins.

They were: Liz Sturm, Centennial; Sarah Geatz, Atholton; Sheri McGready, Glenelg; Brigitte Goss, Mount Hebron; Jenny Pollock, Hammond; Alex Roe, Wilde Lake; Anne Ryder, Oakland Mills.

Scorpions make the grade

Of the 14 juniors and seniors on the Oakland Mills girls soccer team, 13 have been inducted into the National Honor Society.

New Atholton coach

Basketball practice started Wednesday with a new girls coach at Atholton. Athletic director Don Van Deusen has replaced Paul Eckert, who resigned after three seasons.

Van Deusen has coached both boys and girls basketball, but not recently.

"It's like riding a bicycle," said Van Deusen, who had 44 players turn out. "I've coached basketball for years and years and it's great getting back into it."

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