In volleyball, everything starts with a good serve, and Hammond kept that in mind Tuesday night against visiting Oakland Mills, as the Golden Bears won, 3-1, on Dig Pink night.
"We just were putting stuff together throughout the season," said Hammond first year coach Anne Corey, whose team won 20-25, 25-20, 25-14, 25-10. "After the first game we really came together, we were talking and moving well ... it was looking really good, we've seen some tough servers, but tonight we were looking perfect."
As a team, Hammond collected 20 aces, led by Brianna Myers (9), Victoria Rhodes (3), Tiffany Blossom (3), Shawntel King (2) and Catie Chervenak (2).
From the floor, the Golden Bears were led offensively by Holly Thomas (7 kills), Lauryn Terry (6) and Katharine Waters (5).
Sophomore Catie Chervenak contributed 23 digs, while senior setter Shawntel King recorded 18 assists.
Oakland Mills (2-8) won the first set on the strength of three kills each by Paulina Taniewski and Adriana Ladd, but struggled in the ensuing sets.
The Scorpions were led in the loss by Courtney Wilhelm, with seven kills, while Taniewski finished with six.
Around the league
Mt. Hebron 3, River Hill 0
The Vikings swept the Hawks — 25-23, 25-13, 29-27 — to knock the Hawks out of a three-way tie for first. Glenelg and Howard, who play each other on Oct. 24 in a match that could decide the county title, are now the last two teams with only one loss.
The Vikings were led offensively by Reeana Richardson with 12 kills, followed by Ravyn Richardson (7 kills) and Mallory Baldwin (5). Ravyn Richardson also served five aces and Reeana Richardson added three.
Marissa Duncan and Rachel Neal each contributed three point blocks.
Lindsey Scepura ran the Vikings' offense, tallying 30 assists.
Both Mt. Hebron and River Hill are now 8-2 in league play.
Atholton 3, Long Reach 1
The Raiders earned their second win of the season — 19-25, 25-21, 25-11, 25-10 — over Long Reach.
Howard 3, Marriotts Ridge 0
Centennial 3, Reservoir 1
The Eagles bounced back after splitting the first two sets to defeat Reservoir, 25-23, 11-25, 25-21, 25-21.
Centennial got strong performances from Meghan Kelley (15 kills, 4 aces), Kristen Ritchie (8 kills), Katie Havlik (8 kills), Jessie Link (5 kills) and Emily Allen (4 kills).
Freshman Camryn Allen and sophomore Mary Hou led the team with 21 digs and 21 assists, respectively, while Caroline Tussing added 20 assists.
The Gators were led by Hannah Pinion (20 digs), Paige Foley (14 assists), Maddy Belt (8 kills) and Imani Clayton (5 kills) in the loss.