5th-game smarts carry Hebron over River Hill 13 straight points make iron-girl Vikes a winner


October 02, 1998|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Mount Hebron players didn't look to the bench yesterday for direction in their match at River Hill. Their coach, Kedre Fairley, was in Ireland on a family outing.

Instead, they looked to one another. This year, they have the chemistry to do that -- and to do what it takes to win.

The second-ranked Vikings came from behind to take the first and third games, then earned the first 13 points of the fifth game en route to a 16-14, 9-15, 15-12, 11-15, 15-3 victory over the seventh-ranked Hawks.

"This shows how close our team is and how well we work together," said senior Kristina Kaltreider. "We're show much better this year than last year. If we want to do something, we'll do it."

Last Saturday, the Vikings (7-0 overall, 5-0 league) showed that when they beat then-No. 1 Centennial, ending the Eagles' 31-match win streak against county teams.

Yesterday, the Vikings didn't play was well as they did against Centennial. "If we had, we would have won in three, but we did what we needed to do," Kaltreider said.

Mount Hebron middle hitter Julie Kurtzman said not having Fairley around made a difference. Fairley left immediately after the Centennial match and will return this weekend.

"It's been hard with her away," said Kurtzman. "The practices aren't the same. We came out flat tonight. We weren't mentally prepared for the match."

Veteran volleyball coach Val McNeely, who coaches the Mount Hebron JV, sat in for Fairley yesterday. But the Vikings, who have only 10 players, opted not to substitute the entire match.

River Hill jumped to a 7-0 lead in the first game. The Hawks (2-3, 1-3) led 14-9 but even with four serves could not put the game away. Mount Hebron, behind the play of Kaltreider, Kurtzman and Lisa Carroll, rallied to win seven straight points and the game.

"That was sheer determination on our part," Kurtzman said of the first-game heroics. "Not once, but twice."

River Hill, which also lost five-game matches to Centennial and Glenelg this season, jumped to an 11-5 lead in the second game and held on. But the Hawks couldn't do that in the third game. They led 12-6, but could not take a point on six serves, and Mount Hebron rallied for the game.

The Hawks, who got an excellent match from Lisa Humphrey, led 7-0 and 12-5 in the fourth game. The Vikings stormed back with six straight points, but winners by Shannon Patrick and Humphrey sent the match to a fifth game.

"In the fifth game, we totally went to another land and hung out for a while," said River Hill coach Sybil Modispacher. "That's when your experienced leaders stand up, but we don't have that yet.

"I think they gave 100 percent," Modispacher added, "but they don't know how to get that last win."

Mount Hebron showed it did know.

"We picked it up a level," Kurtzman said. "We said we're going to take this game and go home."

Pub Date: 10/02/98

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