No. 3 Centennial puts away River Hill

Eagles need four games vs. 10th-ranked Hawks


High Schools

September 21, 2004|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

If coach Mike Bossom has high expectations for his Centennial volleyball team, he's not alone.

That's why, even though the No. 3 Eagles left Clarksville with a 25-12, 25-15, 18-25, 25-20 victory over No. 10 and host River Hill last night, the coach and players weren't exactly doing cartwheels.

The frustration stemmed from the third game, a game that the Hawks owned from the start with their inspired play and several Centennial errors.

The lost game squandered momentum the Eagles had built during the first two games and nearly forced a fifth and deciding game.

"I'm not happy when we don't do what we're capable of doing and what we've shown in practice," said Bossom, who was demonstrative during a sideline chat with his team after the third game and after the match. "We didn't perform very well tonight."

Senior Margot Phelan, who led Centennial with a match-high seven aces and contributed seven kills, agreed with her coach.

"Last year, we came up short of our goal," she said, alluding to the team's loss to eventual Class 3A state champion Calvert in a state semifinal. "This year, we've set it very high, and we need to keep pushing toward achieving our goal."

The Eagles - who raised their record to 2-0 overall and in Howard County - appeared to be in cruise control last night as they used punishing jump serves to post 14 aces in the first two games against the Hawks (1-1, 1-1).

In the third game, Bossom took out his seniors to give the underclassmen some match experience. But River Hill took the first five points to win the game and carried that momentum into the fourth game, leading for much of the game.

Trailing 20-17, Centennial claimed the final eight points to clinch the match.

"We were a little conservative, and we lost track of what we were doing," said junior setter Jennifer Feldmann, who compiled 26 assists and two aces. "But we shook off the mistakes and focused on what was coming next."

Paced by sophomore middle hitter Heather Jacobson's six kills and two blocks, the Hawks impressed coach Sybil Modispacher.

"There's a lot to build on," she said of a squad that has just two seniors. "I think it sets us up to fix our weaknesses."

No. 9 Reservoir 3, No. 8 Mount Hebron 2: Junior outside hitter Lauren Miller and sophomore outside hitter Jamie Thomas registered nine kills each to spark the visiting Gators (4-0, 3-0 Howard County) to a 25-15, 23-25, 25-23, 14-25, 15-6 win and the program's first victory over the Vikings (1-1, 0-1) in Ellicott City.

Senior Ashley Stoneman chipped in with 28 assists as Reservoir overcame the loss of senior middle hitter Brianne Hoe, who made 10 blocks before leaving after the fourth game with a twisted left ankle.

"Everybody was sucking wind at the end," Gators coach Toby Gearhart said. "But they really wanted to win the match for Brianne. There was a motivation there to pull it out for her."

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