Mt. Hebron squeaks by River Hill in 5 Howard notebook

October 09, 1998|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Second-ranked Mount Hebron was three points from winning its volleyball match yesterday against visiting River Hill in three games. It didn't happen.

River Hill staged a thrilling comeback and was two points away from winning the match in five games. That didn't happen, either.

Instead, the Vikings, playing in their third straight five-game match and fourth out of five, found a way to remain unbeaten. Samantha Crehan's kill shot ended the marathon match and gave the Vikings (9-0 overall, 7-0 league) a 15-7, 15-8, 12-15, 9-15, 15-13 decision.

"We're an under-pressure team," said Crehan, one of two seniors on the 10-player squad. "I guess the fact that we might lose makes us work harder.

"You can never give up on us. We fight to the end," added Crehan, whose team was down two games to one against Glenelg on Tuesday. "I've never been on a team that works this hard and has this much determination."

Seventh-ranked River Hill (2-5, 1-5) suffered its third straight loss. All five Hawks' losses have been in five-game matches.

"We needed to start playing a little earlier instead of waiting for the third game to come alive," said River Hill coach Sybil Modispacher. "But in those last three games, we played more together as a team then we have all year."

In the third game, River Hill broke a 12-all tie with three straight points.

River Hill led 11-7 in the fifth game before Mount Hebron won five straight to take the lead. The Hawks took a 13-12 advantage but on three service attempts could not win another point.

Both teams made several excellent saves throughout the match.

Long Reach's volleyball team continues in the right direction. The Lightning (5-3, 4-2) defeated Hammond last night, 16-14, 15-5, 15-7, and have won more matches this season than they did in their first two years combined.

The program's "biggest win yet, for sure," said coach Christine ,, Ewing, came Tuesday, when Long Reach upset River Hill, 15-11, 7-15, 8-15, 16-14, 15-9.

Candice Washington, a 6-foot-1 middle hitter, led the Lightning with 12 kills, and 6-1 junior Tamara Jackson had five. Both players also played well defensively at the net.

Ewing said that senior outside hitter Janean Allen's "all-around play was strong" and also credited junior Ellise Griffin with giving her team a much-needed lift in the fourth game.

"She came off the bench and really served strong," said Ewing, whose team trailed 11-4 in the fourth game. "She had six aces [in the match] for us and was a definite spark."

Ewing said the win over River Hill should give the team greater confidence.

"The River Hill match should be a big building block," Ewing said. "It shows that we can be a good team."

Yesterday's scheduled match between Atholton and Glenelg was postponed after a leak in Glenelg's gym roof caused a small puddle on the court. An official called off the match just before the Atholton team arrived.

After opening the season with four straight losses, Howard has turned things around and won three straight over Atholton, Oakland Mills and Wilde Lake. The three-game win at Oakland Mills Tuesday came eight days after the Scorpions had beaten the Lions in five games.

Waxler correction

In yesterday's article about Wilde Lake graduate and University of Arkansas soccer player Lindsay Waxler, an incorrect time was given. Here are the correct times: Arkansas will play at 5 p.m. today at UMBC and at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Naval Academy.

Pub Date: 10/09/98

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