Glenelg digs past Mt. Hebron, 3-1, in volleyball

Official hushes horns, bell during intense, close play

Fall sports

High Schools

October 08, 2004|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Rivalries have a way of bringing out the best in Glenelg's volleyball team.

So when the No. 5 Gladiators dropped the first game of yesterday's match against No. 9 Mount Hebron, Glenelg didn't panic.

Instead, the Gladiators bore down and took the next three games for a 23-25, 25-19, 25-23, 25-19 win against the Vikings in Ellicott City.

The victory kept Glenelg (7-1 overall and in Howard County) one game behind league leader Centennial, which defeated Atholton yesterday to remain undefeated in county play.

"It's always been Glenelg, Mount Hebron and Centennial," said Gladiators senior outside hitter Rebecca Tursell, who recorded a match-high 18 kills to go along with three aces and two blocks. "They're big rivals, and a win gets the intensity up that much more."

The match was so intense, even the fans got involved.

A few points into the fourth and final game, one of the two officials overseeing the match ordered a group of Mount Hebron students to give up two horns they had been blowing frequently.

The students, in turn, demanded that a couple Glenelg students relinquish a cowbell they had been banging during the match. Both sides agreed to give up their instruments and play resumed.

The Gladiators appeared to be settling in for an easy night after taking a 12-5 advantage in the first game.

But the Vikings rallied behind senior outside hitter Maggie Serkes, who posted seven of her team-high 13 kills in the first game to help Mount Hebron (5-3, 4-3) take the opening game.

The Gladiators nearly squandered a six-point lead in the second game before winning eight of the last 11 points to win.

After Glenelg rallied from a 16-12 deficit to win the third game, the Gladiators opened the fourth game with an 18-6 burst that was just enough to prevent the Vikings from mounting a comeback.

No. 3 Centennial 3, No. 14 Atholton 0: The visiting Eagles (7-0, 7-0) remained undefeated by routing the Raiders, 25-12, 25-8, 25-14, in Columbia. Atholton dropped to 5-3, 5-2.

Girls soccer

No. 1 John Carroll 3, Mount de Sales 1: Alison Carey scored and had an assist to help the top-ranked Patriots (11-0) defeat the host Sailors.

Mercy 2, No. 13 Institute of Notre Dame 1: Tamara George scored the game-winner three minutes into overtime as the Magic (8-4-2) upset the host Indians. Cory Meyer's goal 12 minutes in gave Mercy the lead, but IND's Cara Tinelli tied it four minutes into the second half.

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