Centennial reaches 3A East final


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).


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