No. 3 Glenelg proves point with sweep of Mt. Hebron Gladiators' win is first over Vikings in three seasons

September 17, 1997|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

For No. 3 Glenelg, the 15-10, 15-12, 15-8 victory it scored last night at No. 6 Mount Hebron served several purposes.

The Gladiators beat Mount Hebron for the first time in three years. In addition, they passed a tough early-season test and made a statement to the rest of Howard County.

"We're back," said Kim Laws.

Indeed they are. Glenelg (2-0, 1-0) won the state title in 1995 but struggled through an off season last fall. Glenelg coach Marlene Dugan thought this year's team had more punch and hoped the Mount Hebron match would show it.

The Gladiators put on a nice show right from the start. Mount Hebron (1-1, 0-1) fought hard in a back-and-forth opening game, using some good shots from Kristina Kaltreider to stay close.

The game was tied at 10 when Glenelg picked up the pace. Pam Goldberg made three solid serves, including an ace, for a 13-10 lead. Jamie Bullock then took the Vikings' serve away with a big kill and added another point with a two- handed dink. Chrissy Mills' ace then closed out the game.

"That first game set the tone," said Dugan. "We were hitting, picking up balls, playing well all over the court."

The Vikings hung tough again in the second game, but Glenelg's serving and power at the net eventually wore them down.

Mount Hebron took leads of 4-1, 7-4 and 11-10 but Glenelg took over. Nicole Barnoski started it with an ace. Her serves then helped the Gladiators win the next three points.

Laurie Driver later won the final point on a kill.

Game 3 had little suspense. The power of Laws and Bullock helped an 11-point run that gave Glenelg control and wrapped up the match.

"I was feeling it," said Laws. "I've never beaten Hebron before."

Laws was a big reason the Gladiators broke the streak. She had seven kills, five point-blocks and constantly disrupted Mount Hebron with her play up front.

Bullock added seven kills and also was a force at the net. Mills helped spark the offense with her good setting throughout the match and Vicki Bennett pitched in with some good stretches of serving.

Mount Hebron lost a number of players from last year's team and are young. The Vikings showed their inexperience at times in the match, but the talent is there.

The Vikings, in fact, scored seven of the final 11 points in the last game but the Gladiators already had things well in hand.

Mount Hebron looked flat at times. After taking a 1-0 lead, the Vikings fell behind as Glenelg took charge with the 11-point run.

"Glenelg has come a long way since last year," said Mount Hebron coach Kedre Fairley. "The losing thing is new for our girls. After the second game, it was over."

Pub Date: 9/17/97

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