Hammond flunks Mount Hebron test in four more ranked teams ahead

Third-game rally inspires No. 4 Vikings to victory

October 09, 1997|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

County volleyball teams are split into two divisions this season. Hammond plays in the weaker division, and its 6-0 league start reflected that. Only one victory came against a team with a winning record.

The eighth-ranked Golden Bears began a seven-match stretch yesterday that will include contests against the five teams in the other division. Four of those teams are ranked in the top five of The Sun poll.

Yesterday's test was at fourth-ranked Mount Hebron.

The Golden Bears failed.

Mount Hebron dropped the first seven points of the pivotal third game but rallied to take it, then easily won the fourth game for a 15-10, 5-15, 16-14, 15-6 match victory.

"We needed to win to get the respect that we deserve," said Hammond's Adriane Panzera. "We're disappointed, because we know we can play better then that."

"My girls feel like they get no respect at all. This was put up or shut up time," said Hammond coach Ken McLaughlin. "We really feel we should have had it. We're just as good as they are."

The Golden Bears (8-1 overall, 6-1 league) trailed 5-2 in the second game before running off 13 straight points. Their momentum continued in the third game, as junior setter Monica McLaughlin served seven straight points.

"When you're up 7-0, you should be in control of the game," said Ken McLaughlin.

Mount Hebron (5-4, 4-4) rallied from a 9-4 deficit to take leads of 10-9 and 12-11. Hammond regained control when Stephanie Forsythe won three points with good serves. But her fourth serve went wide.

"We were lucky that it went out," said Mount Hebron's Kristina Kaltreider.

With Lauren Abicht serving, the Vikings won four straight points and the game. Julie Kurtzman's winner gave Mount Hebron its first point, but Hammond committed three straight mistakes to end the game.

"That was the match," said Ken McLaughlin. "After losing 16-14, they were dejected. They came out flat in the fourth game."

"I think we gave up in the fourth game," said Panzera, whose team fell behind 7-2 and never recovered.

Mount Hebron coach Kedre Fairly called it "a nice win." But she admitted "we won off their errors, basically."

In fact, Mount Hebron had bouts throughout the match of miscommunication and played without a lot of spirit.

"Something was wrong," Kaltreider said. "Every single person on the count had long faces."

So how did the Vikings win?

"I couldn't tell you how we did, but we did," said Kaltreider.

Pub Date: 10/09/97

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