Wins haven't been easy to come by for the Marriotts Ridge volleyball team this season, but the Mustangs took a step in the right direction on Thursday at Long Reach, winning a three-set sweep.
"We haven't been playing up to what we're capable of, but we are a talented team," said coach Amanda Olsen, whose team improved to 2-5 in league play with the win. "There are a lot of games left."
Marriotts Ridge was led by middle hitter Carolyn Keeney, who had three kills in the second set, Sarah Canipe, who had two aces in the second set, and Mikaila Fitzpatrick and Molly Meininger, who each had two aces in the third set.
Long Reach, which dropped to 0-6 with the loss, was hurt by the loss of libero and team leader Heather McKay in the first set. McKay made a diving attempt for a ball and hit her face against the floor, knocking out a tooth. She was immediately taken to a dentist, but could be sidelined for several matches.
"She hustles after everything," said first-year coach Frank Valenza.
The Lightning was led by setter McKenzie Langford.
Around the league
Glenelg 3, Oakland Mills 0
The Gladiators swept the Scorpions in convincing fashion, 25-9, 25-5, 25-17.
Sarah Girard led Glenelg with 10 kills and nine digs, with support from Molly Calvert (8 kills, 3 digs, 3 aces, 2 blocks), Lauren Wright (4 kills, block), Julia Berry (8 digs) and Rachael Girard (27 assists, 5 aces).
Howard 3, Reservoir 0
The surging Lions improved to 6-1 by sweeping Reservoir. The Gators were led by Imani Clayton (5 kills),
Hannah Pinion (11 kills, 14 digs) and Paige Foley (14 assists) in the losing effort.
Mt. Hebron 3, Hammond 0
The Vikings bounced back from their first league loss of the season to sweep Hammond.
River Hill 3, Centennial 0
The Hawks swept the Eagles, 25-22, 26-24, 25-22.
Wilde Lake 3, Atholton 0
The Wildecats completed a three game sweep of Atholton, 25-21, 25-18, 25-18.
Glenelg Country School 3, Sandy Spring Friends School 0
The Dragons swept Sandy Spring Friends, 25-16, 25-20, 25-16, to improve their record to an even 3-3.
Junior Alexis Foxwell led the Dragons with 14 kills followed by sophomore Ka'Mari Robinson with five and sophomore Sarah Gibney with four. Freshman Uchenna Nwodim contributed three point blocks. Ka'Mari Robinson was 11-for-11 from the service line with an ace and senior Michelle Orr was 5-for-5 with three aces. Senior Cecilia Narrett collected six aces followed by Sarah Gibney with four aces and senior Anna Opoku-Agyeman with three. Gibney also had 14 assists.