Hutson powers Glen Burnie comeback over Broadneck No. 10 Gophers adjust after first-game loss

September 21, 1996|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Amy Hutson's career as a setter for the Glen Burnie volleyball team lasted one game yesterday.

With the big-hitting senior changing roles and setting her inexperienced teammates, the Gophers got wiped out by Broadneck, 15-4, in Game 1 of the best- of-five match.

So it was back to power the rest of the afternoon for Hutson, and she responded with some classic kills to carry 10th-ranked Glen Burnie to a 4-15, 15-8, 15-10, 13-15, 15-4 victory over No. 11 Broadneck at Glen Burnie.

Hutson racked up 17 kills as the Gophers stormed back to overcome the power game of Amy VanDehei and her Broadneck teammates.

"We had to get the ball in the hands of Amy Hutson any way we could after losing that first game," said Glen Burnie coach Juanita Milani. "So we changed from a 5-1 offense to a 6-2 and told Amanda Pierce she had to get the ball to Hutson or else we didn't have much of a chance."

Pierce did a decent job of setting Hutson and came away with 16 assists.

For Hutson, it was a splendid all-around performance.

She had 25 assists and was 21 of 22 in serves with four aces despite changing roles during the match and playing with a new cast of teammates.

It was her tough, low line-drive serving that helped wrap up the match in the fifth game.

Glen Burnie (3-1) was leading 11-4 in the fifth game when Hutson unleashed three straight blistering serves that Broadneck (1-1) couldn't return.

Then on match point, Hutson crossed up the Bruins with an easy serve that just made it over the net. The ball was returned poorly as a perfect set for Glen Burnie's Sarah Meredith, who made an easy kill for match point.

Meredith, Pierce, Laura Fleming, Becky Anthony and Nicole DeLorenzo all had strong performances for Glen Burnie.

Hutson said she feels some pressure to perform better this season because of the inexperience of her teammates, but said, All the girls understand what I'm going through and we're beginning to play well as a team."

The match pitted the county's top two players, Hutson and VanDehei, against each other but they only went head-to-head at the net three times and on each occasion they came out with a draw.

VanDehei had some impressive kills to lead her team back in Game 4, but she also had some mishits in the final game.

"Amy needs to improve on her passing like our entire team needs to do," said Broadneck coach Tom Cole.

Pub Date: 9/21/96

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