Hount Hebron upset ends win streak of Centennial No. 1 Eagles had won 31 straight county matches

September 27, 1998|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Fourth-ranked Mount Hebron defeated top-ranked Centennial yesterday, ending the Eagles' 31-match victory streak against Howard County teams.

The visiting Vikings, behind the play of senior Kristina Kaltreider, upended the defending Class 2A state champions, 9-15, 15-8, 14-16, 15-5, 15-4.

Glenelg was The last county team to beat the Eagles in the regular season was Glenelg which won in the next-to-last match of the 1995 season. The Eagles also lost in the regional championship that year to eventual state champion Mount Hebron.

Centennial didn't lose a match the past two seasons, but had its 39-match win streak ended in this year's season-opener when Northern (Calvert County) won in three games.

"Mount Hebron is a good team this year," said Centennial junior Kim Emrich, whose team trailed 7-0 in the fifth game before getting its first point. "I was surprised."

Emrich said the Eagles "made a lot of mistakes" and "had problems with our intensity." She added that "we didn't have very good coverage on the net."

Middle hitters Julie Kurtzman and Samantha Crehan and junior setters Jacque Armstead and Lisa Carroll played well for the Vikings (5-0 overall, 3-0 league). It was Mount Hebron's third victory this season over a ranked team -- it also beat Loch Raven and Glenelg.

Centennial (2-2, 2-1) was hurt when 6-foot freshman middle hitter Lindsay Feller, the Eagles' tallest player, turned her ankle in the fourth game with Mount Hebron ahead 8-4. She did not return.

Third-year Long Reach, which didn't win a county match in its first two seasons, won its second yesterday, defeating host Howard, 15-10, 11-15, 3-15, 15-4, 15-4.

Senior outside hitter Janean Allen played well, as did setters Kathy Shahrokh and Kristin Lundy.

Long Reach (3-2 overall, 2-1 league) already has equaled its victory mark from last year. Howard is winless in three matches.

Pub Date: 9/27/98

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