Patrick, River Hill finish off Mt. Hebron 11-point run in fourth game sews up win for Hawks

October 01, 1997|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Whatever momentum River Hill lost momentarily in its match with Mount Hebron, it regained on the right arm of Shannon Patrick.

Igniting a critical 11-point, fourth-game run with two aces, Patrick propelled the visiting No. 4 Hawks to a 15-1, 15-12, 14-16, 15-8 victory over No. 6 Mount Hebron last night as she ended the match with a powerful block at the net.

It marked the first victory over the Vikings (3-3, 2-3 in the county) for second-year River Hill (4-1, 3-1), which was two points away from taking the match in three games. But Mount Hebron avoided being swept by scoring six of the final seven points in the third game to force another game.

"I really wanted the sweep," said Patrick, a sophomore middle hitter. "I was upset when we didn't. When it went to four games, I said: this is it."

Patrick lifted River Hill from a 2-1 deficit in the fourth game as the Hawks scored seven points off her serves. Getting the ball back after a Mount Hebron side-out, River Hill tacked on four more consecutive points to increase the lead to 12-2.

The Hawks coasted after that and closed out the game and the match when Patrick blocked the Vikings' top hitter Kristina Kaltreider at the net.

Patrick finished with a team-high six kills and four point blocks to go along with 16-for-16 serving and three aces. Hawks senior setter Amber Reig added 25 assists, as well as 24-for-24 serving with three aces.

"I wasn't concerned about losing that third game," River Hill coach Sybil Modispacher said. "These girls don't play well with changed lineups. But I wanted everyone to play."

The first game set the tone as the Hawks dominated the Vikings, 15-1, wrapping it up in 12 minutes. In the second game, River Hill pulled out to an 8-3 lead and held off Mount Hebron for the win.

Mount Hebron coach Kedre Fairley said a new lineup didn't help the Vikings' cause. Mount Hebron lost starter Julie Kurtzman to an ankle injury two days ago and had to switch Kaltreider from her accostomed outside spot to middle hitter.

"15-1 is not typical for us -- even [top-ranked] Centennial didn't beat us that much," Fairley said. "It'll be a lot closer the next time."

Mount Hebron won't have to wait long as both teams will meet again Monday. And Patrick predicts a different result as well.

"It's going to be different playing them so soon again; it's almost like it's going to be back-to-back," she said. "At least we know what to expect and correct so we can sweep them next time."

Pub Date: 10/01/97

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