CHEN catches No. 10 Wright's attention

Defending Harford champs beaten in three games

Volleyball

September 07, 2001|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

The 11th-ranked CHEN volleyball team went to No. 10 C. Milton Wright yesterday looking to turn a few heads in the local volleyball community.

They sure caught the Mustangs' attention, taking a 15-6, 15-3, 15-9 victory over the defending Harford County champs.

The Bravehearts (2-0), a team of home-schooled students united under the Christian Home Education Network, appeared in midseason form. Thanks to a solid all-around game and 25 kills from their top three hitters, Chelsea Lyon, Vanessa Happel and Bridget Thornton, they earned their first-ever win over a ranked team.

"This win meant a lot," said Happel, whose team of club veterans had never been ranked until this preseason. "A lot of people don't know who we are and this gives us a better name. It should put us in the Top 10 and that just gives us an extra boost."

Yesterday, Happel's power and Roberta Holehouse's near flawless serving blew the match open in the second game. Holehouse, a freshman, served the first six points and Happel had four kills of her 11 kills in a 10-0 run that gave CHEN a 13-2 lead.

Happel, a 6-foot-2 1/2 middle hitter, gave the Mustangs more than they could handle at the net.

"I guess we were a little bit intimidated," said Mustangs senior Lindsey Kneten. "We needed to double- and triple-block her. She was good. She hit it where we weren't."

While Happel and Holehouse stood out in the decisive stretch of the match, the Bravehearts' greatest strength was their team cohesion. Their offense ran smoothly off accurate passing and the smooth setting of Grace Lyon and Brittany Umetin.

"We have a trust on the court," said Chelsea Lyon, who finished with eight kills. "We try to make it so we're always moving and communicating with each other and it seems to bring us together a lot more."

"They were getting quick points," said Mustangs coach Kim Mayforth, "and we were fighting for every point we made."

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