Reservoir rallies for win

At River Hill, Lady Gators use `momentum' after first-game loss

No 2. Reservoir 3 No. 5 River Hill 1

Volleyball

October 12, 2007|By Stefen Lovelace | Stefen Lovelace,SUN REPORTER

The No. 2 Reservoir volleyball team was in dire need of a spark.

The Lady Gators had just been picked apart by River Hill outside hitter Maddi Lee and were down 1-0 in games in the Hawks gymnasium.

Reservoir captain Jamie Huffman huddled the team together, and yelled, "Ladies, we have all the momentum!" She was right, as the team reeled off three straight games to win, 3-1 (21-25, 25-15, 25-15, 25-19).

"It was only one game, there's still four more to play if we needed to," Huffman said. "I knew we could. We have the talent and the ability."

Huffman paced the attack, scoring 20 kills and two aces.

Her biggest kill came in the third game, with Reservoir up 14-7. No. 5 River Hill won six straight points to pull within one. After a minute-long, seesaw rally, Huffman rose from the left side of the net and hammered home a kill, ending the Hawks' streak. The Gators went on to win 10 of the next 12 points to get the win and take a 2-1 games lead.

"Jamie Huffman can do everything you ask her to do," Reservoir coach Carole Ferrante said. "She leads the team. She does it with play, does it with attitude, she never wants to lose and she goes out there and pushes herself to do that."

The win keeps the Gators undefeated at 10-0 and drops the Hawks to 8-2 in Howard County play. It was the second victory over a ranked opponent this week for Reservoir, which defeated then-No. 6 (now No. 10) Centennial on Oct. 8.

Nicole Lanham had a solid all-around effort, registering nine kills, five aces and a block for Reservoir. Julie Poston added eight kills and served well. She was behind the service line for the Gators when they won six straight points in the second game and eight straight points in the third.

"They're a great, strong team," River Hill coach Sybil Modispacher said. "Their strength is certainly their defense."

Reservoir will get a third straight ranked team when it takes on No. 6 Glenelg on Monday. River Hill's next game is also Monday against Howard at home.

stefen.lovelace@baltsun.com

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