No. 2 Centennial knocks off No. 1 River Hill in five games

October 21, 1999|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Sparked by outstanding defense and contributions from several players, second-ranked Centennial held top-ranked River Hill to 10 total points in the final two games and defeated the Hawks, 10-15, 15-12, 13-15, 15-1, 15-9, in a Howard County match last night at Centennial.

"We clicked. We've come together," said Centennial senior hitter Kim Emrich.

Four weeks ago River Hill beat Centennial in three games for the first time in nine meetings. Eagles coach Mike Bossom said his team made too many mistakes, but that they were correctable.

Centennial not only made less mistakes last night, it got season-best performances from a number of players, including junior Carolyn Dougherty (10 kills, three point blocks, nine digs), senior Beth Stradling (eight kills, five aces) and junior Megan Horst (26 service attempts, no errors and eight aces).

The Eagles' second-game victory ended River Hill's 28-game winning streak against county teams.

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