Centennial reaches 3A East final

Volleyball

November 09, 2006|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Reporter

Defending Class 3A state champion Centennial is one win away from its 15th regional title to get a shot at its Maryland-record 13th state title after ousting Mount Hebron in three games last night in the Class 3A East region semifinals.

The No. 3 Eagles (14-1) knocked off No. 14 Mount Hebron, 25-20, 25-17 and 25-16, to advance to tomorrow's 6 p.m. East final.

Top-seeded Centennial will host No. 9 River Hill (12-3), a four-game winner over Wilde Lake in last night's other 3A East semifinal.

Tehya Mockapetris led a balanced Eagles hitting attack with 11 kills (seven in Game 2), was 12-for-12 serving and had two aces. Liana Farb, Michelle Grosso, Julia Bostrom and setter Kristina Swan combined for 17 kills.

Farb and Bostrom also were perfect serving, going 14-for-14 and 13-for-13, respectively, and Swan had three aces and 23 assists coming off an ankle injury. Libero Jenn Hilchey led in digs with 11.

"I was happy with a lot of little things we did tonight, and the contributions we got off the bench from Kristan Hawkins," Eagles coach Jerry Hulla said.

Bostrom, a senior who transferred from Seton Keough two years ago, said the Eagles "have been playing really good despite so many [nagging] injuries, but we have our pride and history to maintain."

Mount Hebron (12-5) coach Mike Moynihan said of the Eagles: "They played phenomenal and I don't like to lose, but when you lose to a team that plays great volleyball, it's not so bad."

The Vikings, who lost twice to Centennial this season and two other top 10 teams in No. 2 Reservoir and River Hill, were led by Megan Murdock (seven kills, six digs) Anna Wiggs (five kills, 10 assists), Lisa Alban (eight digs) and Melissa Miller (four aces, six digs).

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

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