River Hill serves notice on Hebron

No. 2 Hawks catch up, win county championship

November 04, 1999|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Mount Hebron had the momentum. Behind the serving of Kim Burgess, the Vikings won five straight points for an 8-3 lead against host River Hill last night in the opening game of the county championship.

"I think we shocked them a little bit," said Mount Hebron coach Betty Golibart.

The Vikings' lead moved to 10-5.

"They came out much stronger with their serves," said River Hill coach Sybil Modispacher. "It made us a little nervous."

But the Hawks are ranked No. 2 in The Sun for a reason -- they're good. And sure enough, they recovered to win 10 of the next 11 points and the game. Mount Hebron wasn't the same after that, and host River Hill never looked back for a 15-11, 15-1, 15-6 victory.

"River Hill is incredibly strong," said Golibart. "They adjust well, move well and vary their offense. They were good, no getting around it."

Modispacher called it "a good match," adding that "you have to play well because Hebron is not going to roll over and die."

Mount Hebron's Jacque Armstead, a senior setter/hitter, said the No. 6 Vikings (12-3) had had some good practices coming into last night's match.

"We came out ready to play," said Armstead, "then I don't know what happened. Our defense was based around the block, and it wasn't there. And our communication wasn't there, either."

Armstead, who added that her team's passing wasn't as sharp as it had been, said losing the first game made it tough.

"We couldn't get ourselves back up to where we were when we started the match," said Armstead, whose team lost, 3-0, to River Hill in the second match of the season. "We wanted that first game to give us the momentum, and after [losing], our intensity wasn't there anymore."

Said River Hill backcourt specialist Megan Mitchell: "I think it rattled them a little bit that we came back. We got our intensity back up and played our game."

Modispacher said her team "didn't have a great passing match. [Setter] Sarah [Albert] did a great job at setting some not-so-great passes and Shannon [Patrick] and Lisa [Humphrey] were both really on."

Patrick finished with 13 kills and was 14 of 14 serving with five aces. Humphrey had 12 kills and was 12 of 15 serving, including five aces. Humphrey's aces were notable because of how hard and low they were hit.

River Hill (13-2) opens the Class 3A East region playoffs at 5 p.m. tomorrow against visiting Bladensburg. The Vikings play at top-ranked Centennial in a Class 2A South region match.

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