Hawks nip Hebron in point-loaded match 5-game win puts River Hill against Howard Monday

November 01, 1997|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Third-ranked River Hill outlasted fourth-ranked Mount Hebron, 15-11, 13-15, 15-17, 15-10, 15-11 yesterday in a Class 2A South first-round playoff match at Mount Hebron.

Mount Hebron (10-6) had been an underachieving team all season. But the Vikings, who will lose only two seniors, showed how good they could be with a terrific effort against the Hawks.

"That was the best match we've ever played," said second-year coach Kedre Fairley. "I think it was a shock to them [River Hill] that we played like that."

"They did surprise us," said River Hill middle hitter Shannon Patrick, who had a team-leading 24 kills. "They played really well."

"Hebron came out with the best attitude I've seen all year," said River Hill coach Sybil Modispacher. "They really came in here hard, wanting to win it for themselves. They played their hearts out."

Mount Hebron, which lost two four-game matches to River Hill (13-2) during the regular season, stayed in this match with outstanding defense.

"This is the best they've moved and talked all year," Fairley said. "It's a tough loss, because we played so well and we had our chances to win."

River Hill, which lost starter Carrie Kelehan to illness, took leads of 5-1 in the second game and 6-1 in the third game but could not hold them.

In the third game, River Hill had a 12-8 advantage but fell behind, 14-12, then rallied for a 15-12 lead. The Hawks served for the game but Mount Hebron won the side out on a hit by Shannon Toback. Toback served out the game, with Kristina Kaltreider (25 kills) earning the final point with a tip.

Ingrid Frank's ace gave River Hill a 9-8 lead in the fourth game, and the Hawks never relinquished the lead.

In the fifth game, River Hill, with Frank serving, broke a 5-all tie with five straight points, taking advantage of four Mount Hebron errors. The Hawks led, 12-8, before Mount Hebron won three straight points on Kaltreider's serve.

Lisa Humphrey earned a side out for River Hill with one of her 19 kills.

River closed out the match with three straight points -- an ace by Beth Thomas, a Humphrey kill shot, and a call against Mount Hebron when one of its players ran into the net.

Besides Kaltreider, Mount Hebron got solid performances from Julie Kurtzman, Samantha Crehan and Toback.

Modispacher said her team, which plays host to Howard on Monday, needs to pass better, adding: "What hurt us was that we passed terribly. We couldn't get the hits we wanted."

No. 14 Loch Raven 3, Patapsco 0: Leah Runyon was 18-for-18 serving, with four aces, to lead the host Raiders (10-5) over the Patriots (11-5), 15-9, 15-12, 15-8, in the first round of Class 2A South.

Liberty 3, Damascus 2: Abbey Barnett and Emily Stuard combined for 26 kills and 14 blocks to help the Lions (12-3) advance to the Class 3A West quarterfinals.

Pub Date: 11/01/97

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