volleyball

No. 14 Mount Hebron upsets No. 3 Glenelg

Junior Plunkett comes off bench to help Wiggs spark 4-game win

October 13, 2006|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Reporter

Whitney Plunkett had a breakout performance and veteran setter Anna Wiggs was outstanding as 14th-ranked and host Mount Hebron upset No. 3 and previously unbeaten Glenelg in four games last night in a Howard County volleyball match.

Plunkett, a junior hitter in her first year on varsity, has never started and came off the bench to lead the Vikings to victory, 14-25, 25-15, 25-23, 25-18.

Replacing starter Terri Reynolds, who injured her hip in the second game, Plunkett had five blocks and five kills, with two kills and three blocks in the final game.

"Whitney ... came in and dominated on the net," said coach Mike Moynihan of Mount Hebron (7-3). "She played an amazing game. She served, blocked well, hit well. I'm really, really proud of her. She was the difference."

Meaghan Campbell complemented Plunkett with seven blocks as the Vikings controlled the net.

"We picked up our intensity after losing the first game," Plunkett said. "It feels great. I've never had a game like this and our setter is awesome."

Wiggs, a four-year varsity player, had a superb all-around game with 15 assists, 10 kills and three aces. Six of her kills came in the key third-game victory, most of them on perfect placement in open holes on Glenelg's side of the net.

"She's the catalyst," Moynihan said. "She drives the team and refuses to lose. Anna Wiggs is the glue that holds this team together."

Moynihan also cited his team's back-row defense, which was constantly digging up power hits by the Gladiators (9-1).

Stephanie Natale led Glenelg with 11 kills and six aces and Amber Winterling had five aces. Dana Gittings had six kills and Sabrina Winterling and Alyssa Geisler had five kills each.

"Give Mount Hebron credit," said Glenelg coach Don Beall, whose squad now trails top-ranked Centennial (8-0) by a game and visits the Eagles next Thursday. "They deserved to win, but we're not done yet."

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

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