South River outlasts Glen Burnie Seahawks prevail, 15-12, in final game to capture wild five-game match


October 07, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Coach Maureen Carter used the work "roller coaster" to describe No. 8-ranked South River's 3-2 marathon victory at No. 9 Glen Burnie last night. That might be an understatement.

The visiting Seahawks (5-2, 4-0)outlasted the Gophers (3-2, all county games) by scores of 13-15, 15-5, 15-11, 13-15 and 15-12.

It was non-stop action with both teams mentally and physically spent after more than two hours of play. And it figured that the final game would mirror the entire match. South River jumped out 8-0 only to have Glen Burnie answer with eight straight points.

South River then took its turn, scoring five unanswered points for a 13-8 lead, but the Gophers got hot serving and suddenly it was 13-12 and the fans were wondering if they would play all night.

Seahawks seniors Jessica Freeman, Jennifer Dwyer, Lorin Smith and Emily Minnigerode then took over and scored the final two points to end it, 15-12.

Tara Michael came off the bench and got a couple crucial digs that enabled the Hawks to prevail.

"It was such a roller coaster, such a roller coaster," said Carter. "I told my girls that it would probably be us or Glen Burnie, or Broadneck in the county championship game this year with Severna Park. We were playing for the right to be one of the top two teams."

Top ranked Severna Park (6-1, 4-0) rarely loses in the county league and has won the county title the last three years and nine of the last 11. With the county having done away with the two-division set-up, this season the top two in the 12-team county league will play for the crown.

"This was big to win because we knew Glen Burnie was very good," said Carter.

Minnigerode was 27-for-27 with one ace serving followed by Freeman (19-for-19, two aces); Dwyer (21-for-23, one ace); and Smith, who had a game-high 32 assists, was 17-for-18 serving with two aces.

Glen Burnie's serving matched up well, with sophomore Denise Schultheis (21-for-22, six aces); Susan Sperduto (16-for-16, 15 assists); Mandy Wicks (17-for-18, three aces); Michelle Whitlock (13-for-13, 14 assists); and Tiffany Jordan (9-for-15, three aces).

Carter's girls were undaunted after a tough first game. Glen Burnie raced out to an 8-0 lead with setter Sperduto leading the way, but South River came back to tie it at 12 and 13, only to drop a 15-13 decision.

Instead of the momentum being on the side of the Gophers, it visited the Seahawks, who rolled to a 15-5 victory and then took the third game, 15-11, for a 2-1 lead.

The fourth game featured seven ties, the last six coming at 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 13, before the Gophers won, 15-13. Coach Kevin Guite inserted his third setter, junior Kristen Shacklock and it seemed to give his team a lift.

"We had some girls not mentally with it and Kristen did a nice job," said Guite. "I was disappointed, especially in the last game after we fought back [from 8-0 deficit]. We just spotted them too many points."

Pub Date: 10/07/98

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