Newsprint-inspired Glenelg sends Reservoir to first loss

Gladiators post 21 points fast in match's first game

Volleyball

High Schools

September 24, 2004|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

For once at least, Glenelg junior outside hitter Julie Hollrah is inclined to agree with the saying that you shouldn't believe everything you read in the newspaper.

Spurred by a comment in a Howard County-based weekly paper that Reservoir had "outplayed" the Gladiators during a preseason volleyball scrimmage, Hollrah and her No. 5 Glenelg teammates needed less than an hour to sweep the No. 9 Gators, 25-10, 25-16, 25-20, in Fulton last night.

The loss was Reservoir's first in five starts this season.

With teams such as No. 3 Centennial, No. 8 Mount Hebron, Reservoir and No. 10 River Hill in their back yard, the two-time defending Howard County champion Gladiators don't need much motivation to play well. But they found some in the published statement.

"It just made us want to come in here and try even harder," Hollrah said. "We wanted to show that we could beat them."

Added senior outside hitter Rebecca Tursell: "We just wanted to show them how much we improved."

Glenelg, which improved its overall and county record to 4-0 and will play host to Centennial (3-0, 3-0) on Monday, seemed to hit on all cylinders last night.

The Gladiators won 21 of the first 26 points in the first game and trailed just once, 1-0, in the second game.

The third game was a little tighter as Reservoir (4-1, 3-1) rallied from a 12-7 deficit to take a 15-13 lead. But Glenelg captured six of the next seven points and cruised to victory.

The Gladiators took advantage of the absence of Gators senior middle hitter Brianne Hoe, the team's best blocker who is out with a sprained left ankle.

Without Hoe to alter Glenelg's spikes, the Gladiators posted 37 kills. Hollrah led the way with a game-high 12 kills and Tursell had 11. Senior setter Megan Graydon chipped in 30 assists.

"They didn't have that great of a block," Tursell said. "We were able to notice the holes in their defense."

Junior outside hitter Lauren Miller paced Reservoir with seven kills and two aces.

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