Glenelg rolls over Hebron

Volleyball

High Schools

October 02, 2002|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

It's becoming harder and harder these days to find a weakness with the Glenelg girls volleyball team.

It has plenty of height, a slew of talented hitters, is steady defensively, and its passing, which was its primary question mark before the season, has improved drastically.

The Gladiators' ability to fight through adversity? Well, that remains to be seen.

With yesterday's 15-2, 15-12, 15-4 victory at No. 6 Mount Hebron, the second-ranked Gladiators have yet to drop a game en route to a 7-0 county start. The Vikings (6-2, 5-2 in county) were supposed to be one of the toughest tests yet for the Gladiators. However, aside from Game 2, the Vikings struggled with their passing and never got in a rhythm.

Still, Gladiators coach Jennifer Beall suggested that the decisive scores were deceiving.

"Hebron is a good team and I don't think it was that easy," she said. "My girls just played so well, and really picked up their play."

Junior setter Tara Stradling had 30 assists, and spread around the offense to senior Sarah Tursell (eight kills), junior Michelle Morgan (nine kills) and senior Cheyenne Davidson (five kills).

Stradling said: "I pretty much could set to anyone because our passing was on today."

After junior Morgan closed out Game 1 for Glenelg with two kills, the Vikings mounted a rally early in the second game, behind junior setter Stacey Carroll, who was a standout in defeat with 15 assists, 11 digs and three aces.

Carroll started it with two straight service winners, and later in the game, a block and a kill from senior Kristin Schields (eight kills) staked Mount Hebron to a 12-7 lead. From there, it was all Glenelg.

A Morgan block, three Vikings errors and a Morgan kill tied it at 12, before a hitting error and two Adrienne McGill kills clinched Game 2.

Junior Shkala Karzai, who had six aces for the match, served out the last eight Glenelg points.

The Vikings, who have the task of trying to rebound tomorrow against No. 3 River Hill, led 1-0 in Game 3 before the Gladiators ran off 14 straight points.

"Today, we left it all on the court," said Morgan. "We executed everything."

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