Mount Hebron fights back to gain against Broadneck Vikings overcome deficits in 3A East quarterfinal

November 05, 1996|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Adversity isn't something the fifth-ranked Mount Hebron volleyball team has had to overcome often this season. In fact, yesterday's Class 3A East regional quarterfinal against Broadneck was one of the few times this season the Vikings have fallen well behind an opponent.

In the process, however, first-year coach Kedre Fairley discovered a quality in her team that she wasn't sure existed.

The ability to come back.

After easily winning the first game, the Vikings overcame deficits of 8-3 and 14-7 in games two and three to defeat the visiting and 11th-ranked Bruins, 15-4, 15-13, 17-15. The defending Class 3A state champions advance in the tournament to tomorrow's (5 p.m.) regional semifinal, where they'll face top-ranked Centennial, a team that's handed them two of their three losses this season, on the road.

"My girls don't do very well when we're down," said Fairley, "so for us to have to come back after we were down was good. They didn't anticipate that it would take them what they had to give to beat this team."

To accomplish that task, Mount Hebron (14-3) relied on the strong net play of Kathy Coker, Allyson Sanders and Kristina Kaltreider, a sophomore who led the team in most offensive categories. What aided their effort, however, was the large number of errors committed by the normally reliable Bruins (8-4).

After staking a large lead in game two, Broadneck quickly frittered it away by going through eight serving rotations without scoring a point. All tolled, the Bruins had 16 missed serves and four lifts, essentially lighting a fire under the sputtering Vikings.

Said Broadneck coach Tom Cole: "We had eight serves where we didn't score a point when we were up in the second game. Then we were up [in game three] and we hit that same spell. I'd say both teams played good, but it just boiled down to us making our serves."

Trailing by five points in game two, the Vikings rallied to score 10 out of the next 12. Then, down by seven and faced with game point in game three, they reeled off eight straight points to take a 15-14 lead.

"I think their mistakes came at a good time for us," said Fairley.

Pub Date: 11/05/96

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