Holehouse, Umetin find right mix, lead CHEN to 2nd sweep of AACS

Play-calling helps lift No. 13 Bravehearts to 6-0


High Schools

October 08, 2003|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

For the 13th-ranked CHEN volleyball team, the chance to play a ranked team doesn't come around too often, so the Bravehearts made the most of their second meeting yesterday with No. 15 Annapolis Area Christian School.

Roberta Holehouse had 20 kills and Brittany Umetin contributed 28 assists as the Bravehearts swept the Eagles for the second time this season, 25-15, 25-18, 25-16, at the Christian Home Educators Network team's home court at the Lamb of God School in Halethorpe.

The Eagles simply could not contend with Holehouse, a 5-foot-7 junior powerhouse who attacked from the outside, the middle and the back and showed off a devastating jump serve.

In running the attack, Umetin has other options - especially middle hitter Elyse Wilson and outside hitter Claire Sheldon, who combined for nine kills yesterday - but the junior setter calls a lot of plays to take advantage of Holehouse's versatility.

"Berta and I run plays especially when the blocking's tough," said Umetin, "and that seems to really work because the blockers don't have any idea what's going on. Mixing it up is probably the best thing that we do."

Holehouse, an All-Metro second team pick last fall who leads the metro area with a six-kills-per-game average, certainly powered yesterday's victory, but all of the Bravehearts contributed. The Eagles were no pushovers, keeping all three games close until the Bravehearts put together late runs.

"Their consistency and their aggressiveness, those are the two things that impress me," said Eagles coach Kristan Purrington. "It didn't matter where we served or where we hit, they were always there."

In the final game, the Eagles pulled within 18-14 before the Bravehearts ran off four straight points, including kills from Holehouse and Rachel Hayes. The Eagles got one point back, to go to 22-15, when Umetin was called for a foot fault on her jump serve, but CHEN reeled off three of the last four points as Holehouse had a kill and an ace and Hayes finished off the match with a kill.

"It's nice to beat Annapolis," said CHEN coach Janis Umetin, Brittany's mother. "They're the only team we play that's actually in the rankings, so it means a little bit more. It's shame we can't get more ranked teams to play us."

Public school teams cannot play the home schoolers from the Christian Home Educators Network, who have been one of the area's top teams for the past four years, because they don't meet the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association's requirements for being a school.

The Bravehearts, coming off a big weekend victory at the Model Invitational in Washington in which Holehouse was named Most Valuable Player and Umetin made the all-tournament team, improved to 6-0 in best-of-five match play. The Eagles dropped to 4-3.

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