Determined River Hill upsets No. 3 Centennial in five-game marathon Confident No. 7 Hawks almost had 3-game sweep

September 19, 1997|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

River Hill coach Sybil Modispacher felt her team should have defeated third-ranked Glenelg last night in three games.

After all, the seventh-ranked Hawks were two points away from a sweep.

It didn't happen.

Glenelg rallied to win the next two games, then fell behind by 10 points in the fifth and deciding game. The Hawks again appeared to be in control.

They weren't.

But River Hill, after blowing an 11-1 lead, won the last three points to break a tie and earn a nerve-wracking 15-12, 15-7, 15-17, 11-15, 15-12 upset victory.

"It was a roller coaster, that's for sure," said Glenelg coach Marlene Dugan of the 2-hour, 39-minute match.

"The momentum was just back and forth in this whole match," said River Hill sophomore Shannon Patrick, whose kill shot ended the ordeal.

"We equally made each other look bad at times, and we equally made each other look good," said Modispacher.

River Hill (2-1 overall, 1-1 league) was coming off a well-played four-game loss at No. 1 Centennial Tuesday. The Hawks looked good in the first two games, rallying from an 11-8 deficit in the first and winning the last seven points in the second.

"After playing so well at Centennial, we thought we'd have an easy time beating them," said Patrick. "After we won the first two games, we took it easy -- and they took advantage of it."

River Hill took a 5-1 lead in the third game, but Glenelg rallied for an 8-5 advantage. Senior Kim Laws, who along with Pam Goldberg led the Gladiators' comeback, won three points on her serve for a 14-10 lead.

River Hill tied the game at 14-all and 15-all before there were nine straight side-outs. Finally, Laws served out the game and Glenelg stayed alive.

Glenelg won the first six points of the fourth game, but River Hill tied it at 7-all. The Gladiators (2-1, 1-1) regained the momentum with six straight points and held on to send the match to a deciding game.

River Hill looked unstoppable in running off the fifth game's first 10 points. The Hawks made it 11-1 before Glenelg scored five straight points. After River Hill took a 12-6 lead, the Gladiators ran off six more and served to take the lead. The serve went long.

Ingrid Frank had two good serves as River Hill took a 14-12 lead. Then Brooke Kimball came off the bench and served out the match.

Said Modispacher of her team: "There were definitely good and bad aspects of what we did."

Said Dugan: "We had an off-night. We can play better then this."

Pub Date: 9/19/97

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