Centennial hits title game

Swan, Feldmann help beat Atholton

Glenelg next


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Centennial setters, senior Jennifer Feldmann and junior Kristina Swan, set things up rather nicely at Atholton last night with 19 assists each to put the top-ranked Eagles in the Howard County title match at home tomorrow at 7 p.m.

The Eagles beat the No. 5 Raiders in four games, 25-16, 19-25, 25-19, 25-23, to advance to the final against No. 3 Glenelg and will be after their 14th championship.

The Gladiators, who lost to the Eagles in last year's championship match in four games and are two-time defending champions, advanced last night with a 3-1 victory over Mount Hebron.

Centennial (14-1) finished 13-1 in Howard County league play, its only loss to Glenelg (13-2, 12-2) in five games two weeks ago. That loss ended a 31-match winning streak by the Eagles dating back to last year (20-0).

Last night the Eagles passed and served very well, with Feldmann and Swan leading the way.

"Both of our setters moved the ball around very well and kept it away from their big blockers," Centennial coach Mike Bossom said.

"When we were passing in our system, we had control of the match. I thought we made more errors than I would have liked, but overall it was a well-played match on both sides."

Feldmann also had two aces, three digs and was 11-for-12 serving, and Swan had six digs and was 9-for-13 at the service line.

Other Eagles standouts included Allison Cappelaere, who had a match-high 12 kills, five aces, 13 digs and was 21-for-24 serving.

Sarah Gregorini was the defensive standout with a match-high 20 digs, was 9-for-11 serving and matched Michelle Grosso with 10 kills.

Atholton coach Bruce Lindblad, who needed Glenelg to lose last night to put his Raiders (11-3, 11-3) in the final, felt Centennial served better last night than in the first match between the two teams in late September, won, 3-2, by the Eagles.

"They didn't make as many service errors this time, and we didn't serve as well," Lindblad said.

"We served 91 percent against them the first time and fell off to about 87 percent."

Linblad said his top three hitters usually average about 10 kills each but fell way off last night. Nadia Saleem, Andrea Lamont and Stephanie Sharp had seven, six and five kills, re- spectively.

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