Webster-powered IND puts away Chapelgate

Middle hitter has 20 kills, 10 blocks in 3-game sweep


High Schools

October 07, 2004|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

One look at the Institute of Notre Dame's Brooks Webster slamming a volleyball can intimidate a lot of opponents.

That happened to Chapelgate yesterday as the 6-foot middle hitter pounded out 20 kills and had 10 blocks to lead the No. 11 Indians to a 25-21, 25-19, 25-11 victory in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference match.

"Starting out, we just got a little scared of her from all the rumors," said Chapelgate setter Valerie Pusateri. "We dug her up some, but they use her a lot. She's tall. She can jump really high. She's just all over the place."

The host Yellow Jackets simply could not counter Webster's power hitting or her quickness at the net. A week ago, they might have been able to -before they lost their best player, 5-10 middle hitter Lucy Rushing, for the rest of the season with a stress fracture in her left foot.

Without Rushing, the Yellow Jackets managed only 18 kills - two fewer than Webster, who is being recruited by several Division I programs, including Clemson, Alabama, American, Delaware and UNLV.

Seven of Chapelgate's kills came from setter Pusateri, who also had nine assists.

Indians coach Bill Murray said he counts on Webster intimidating the opposition much of the time with her aggressive play at the net.

"If a team relies on one hitter only, Brooks will go up against that hitter and take them out of the game," said Murray. "Teams that are difficult for us are teams that are balanced. If Chapelgate had had Lucy, they would have had a little more balanced attack."

While Webster averages 5.4 kills per game, Rushing, who has played against Webster in club ball, had averaged 3.2. But it wasn't just Rushing's stats that the Yellow Jackets missed yesterday as she cheered her team from the bench.

Losing Rushing was also a psychological blow to the team, said Chapelgate coach Chris Moxley, who now has only seven players.

"Lucy is their rally player," said Moxley. "Lucy's the one who talks to them. Lucy's the one who will step up and make a good play. She's a great leader."

The Yellow Jackets (9-4, 8-3 A Conference) took a 13-11 lead in the first game on Mary Fishel's kill, but the Indians scored four straight points to lead for good.

The Indians (11-0, 9-0) gave Chapelgate an opening late in the game with three serving errors, but Webster made up for those with two blocks and two kills. Thanks to those four points, the Indians held the lead as Chapelgate pulled within 23-21 before IND took the game.

In the second game, the Indians never trailed. They then cruised in the third after extending a three-point lead to 17-8 on six straight points. Chandrea Jones, the Indians' 5-9 middle hitter, had six of her 17 kills in the third game.

Indians setter Ann Marie Krainak finished with 32 assists.

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