Mock, McCord deliver Mercy to comeback win over Spalding

Trailing in all four games, Magic rallies to down Cavs

Volleyball

September 21, 2001|By Nathan Max | Nathan Max,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Mercy senior setter Erin Mock had a premonition during English class yesterday morning.

"In the middle of class she told me, `I can't wait to play. I'm going to set you well,' " said Mercy middle hitter Chardonnay McCord. "I said, `All right, you and me, we're going to click today.' "

True to their predictions, Mock had a career-high 24 assists and McCord had 14 kills to lead Mercy to a 15-3, 14-16, 15-4, 16-14 victory over Spalding in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference non-divisional game in Baltimore.

"This is the best game I've ever seen Erin play," Mercy coach Michele Wittgreen said. "I get on her all the time, because I know she can play like this. She's really been working hard in practice."

Mercy (3-3) trailed in all four games, including 14-7 in the fourth before sophomore outside hitter Amanda Courter served out the final nine points.

Mock set senior outside hitter Colleen McCotter for one of her seven kills to close the gap to 14-13, Courter hit her fourth ace to tie the game and McCord set senior outside hitter Gabby Chapin for her only kill to put the Magic ahead 15-14.

McCord then made her 14th and final kill on match point to give Mercy its second straight victory.

"We hate going to five," said McCord, who had five kills in the final game. "We want to win. We had so much intensity built up today, and we just wanted to finish it, go home and be victorious. We decided we will not lose this game, and we pulled together and did it."

After Mercy easily won the first game, Spalding (3-3) raced to a 9-1 lead in Game 2. Thanks to four assists from Mock and three kills by McCotter, Mercy came back to take a 10-9 lead. But after four ties late in the game, the Cavaliers - who lost their third straight after starting the season with three victories - tied the match when Brigid McClelland tapped a soft hit over two Mercy blockers.

Spalding, which received eight kills from middle hitter Kristen Marll, seven kills from outside hitter Jen van Meter and nine assists from setter Stephanie Siemek in a losing effort, won the first two points of Game 3 before Mercy went on a 13-0 run to build an insurmountable cushion. Spalding appeared it would push the match to a decisive fifth game after taking leads of 3-0, 9-3 and 14-7 in the fourth game. But thanks to Mock, who had eight assists in the final game, McCord and McCotter, who had three kills each in the finale, Mercy came back.

Said Mock: "[McCord] and I have this connection: Close balls to the net, and she digs them down their throat."

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