Subs punctuate Centennial sweep of Mt. Hebron

Volleyball

High Schools

September 23, 2004|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

With three of four seniors assuming starting roles on the Centennial volleyball team, players such as junior right-side hitter Sarah Gregorini know when to take advantage of an opportunity for playing time.

So when coach Michael Bossom sat his seniors for the third game of last night's match against Mount Hebron, Gregorini and her teammates didn't disappoint.

The group -- known informally as the "non-senior team" -- served, passed and spiked nearly as well as the starters to help the No. 3 Eagles close out a 25-12, 25-13, 25-16 victory over the visiting, No. 8 Vikings.

In that third game, Gregorini registered four kills, sophomore outside hitter Kasey Quinn lodged four kills and an assist, and a pair of setters -- junior Jennifer Feldmann and sophomore Kristina Swan -- combined to total nine assists against Mount Hebron (1-2 overall and 0-2 in Howard County).

"It is a confidence booster," Gregorini said of the reserves' play against the Vikings' starting lineup. "This is next year's team. It feels good to know that when we start playing next year, we can play against teams like Mount Hebron."

Added Quinn: "It's a little glimpse into the future. We're sort of testing ourselves now."

The play of the "non-senior team" differed greatly from its outing against No. 10 River Hill Monday. Centennial fell into a seven-point deficit early and couldn't recover.

That performance drew the ire of Bossom, who sat the reserves down for a chat Tuesday.

"I told them, `This is your chance in a game situation to show me what you can do,'" he said. "When they're in practice, they're pushing [the starting] team. So they should not be pushed around by other teams when they can push our team around in practice."

The Eagles (3-0 overall and in Howard County) did most of the pushing last night, primarily with their jump serves. They recorded 18 aces in the match.

Senior outside hitter Margot Phelan, who served seven aces, said the team plays every match with an eye on getting points off the serve.

"Today, we were very aggressive and very consistent," she said. "That allowed us to control the game from the service line."

Vikings coach Michael Moynihan was impressed, saying, "When you play a Mike Bossom-coached team, you know they're going to be good on defense. ... Their jump serves were amazing. We didn't adjust to the jump serves, and that was the key."

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