Centennial sweeps past Glenelg

Eagles move closer to clinching a spot in Howard County's championship match


October 20, 2006|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN REPORTER

The two teams played like the defending state volleyball champions that they are despite the 3-0 sweep by host and Class 3A Centennial over Class 2A Glenelg. It was the renewal of Howard County's fiercest rivalry last night in Ellicott City.

Two-time defending champion and top-ranked Centennial virtually clinched a berth in the Nov. 1 Howard County championship match by beating No. 3 and slumping Glenelg, 25-23, 25-19 and 27-25.

Seeking its county all-time best 15th title, the Eagles (11-0) are the only unbeaten team in Howard County as the teams go down the stretch with two games left.

Centennial hopes to finish first and earn the right to host the county final as upstart and No. 7 Reservoir (10-1 with last night's 3-0 win over Oakland Mills) breathes down its back. The 'Gators' only loss was by 3-2 to Centennial on Sept. 18.

The Eagles visit Reservoir on Thursday in what figures to be a county championship rehearsal.

Tehya Mockapetris led the Eagles last night with 13 kills, including seven in the first game, six of those down the stretch, as she was responsible for eight of her team's last 13 points.

Mockapetris, 5-foot-3, also had two aces, and her last two kills rung up the 24th and 25th points as the Eagles overcame a 16-10 deficit.

"We've always been great competitors and it's such a great match when we play them," Mockapetris said of the Gladiators (8-3), who have lost three in a row.

"I love playing. It just excites me and it excites the fans. It's just a great atmosphere. These are the kinds of games you want to play."

Mockapetris added four kills and an ace in the second-game win.

"She plays big for a little girl," Eagles coach Jerry Hulla said.

Senior setter Kristina Swan had 28 assists and chipped in two aces and 10 digs, and libero Jen Hilchey had 12 digs and two kills, the last one for the final point of the night.

"We didn't have a good match against Mount Hebron [lost, 3-2] and we got beat by a better team in Reservoir, but they're not better than us forever," coach Don Beall said of his team's losing streak.


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