After starting the season 0-4, things have turned around for the Marriotts Ridge volleyball team.
The Mustangs, who swept visiting Oakland Mills, 25-14, 25-15, 25-13 Thursday night, have now won six of their last ten matches, and advance to play second-seeded Patuxent on Monday.
"We played tonight with a lot more energy and intensity than we did earlier in the season," coach Amanda Olsen said. "We had a habit of making a bunch of mistakes in a row and digging ourselves in a hole. We were able to make just one mistake and bounce back tonight which was good."
Sophomore setter Rachel Dubbs collected six assists, five aces, three kills and a block in the third and final set.
Oakland Mills was led by Raven Blount, who made only two serve receive errrors, Adria Ladd, who had three point blocks, and Paulina Taniewski, who recorded three kills.
Around the league
Hammond 3, McDonough 1
The Golden Bears traveled more than an hour each way to Pomfret, but made the trip worth while, coming back with their fourth win of the season, and a 2A South quarterfinal matchup at top-seeded Calvert on Monday.
Senior middle Holly Thomas and senior outside Tiffany Blossom each served six aces throughout the match. Sophomore libero Catie Chervenak had 12 digs while sophomore middle Lauryn Terry dominated the net with eight solo blocks. Senior setters Shawntel King and Victoria Rhodes had 11 assists each. Blossom and Terry led the Golden Bears' offense with five kills each.
Mt. Hebron 3, Long Reach 0
The Vikings swept the Lightning to advance to a 3A East quarterfinal match at second-seeded City on Monday.
Centennial 3, Digital Harbor
The Eagles swept Digital Harbor, and will now visit top-seeded Poly on Monday, with a possible 3A East semifinal showdown against Mt. Hebron on the line.
In Section II of the 3A East, top-seeded River Hill drew a first-round bye, and awaits the winner of Friday's Reservoir at Wilde Lake contest.
Atholton and Glenelg also drew first-round byes, and will play at Glenelg on Monday to see who advances to the 3A East semifinals.
County champion Howard drew an opening round by in the 4A North, and will host fourth-seeded Blake on Monday.
Chapelgate, in the IAAM A Conference, and Glenelg Country, in the IAAM C Conference, were eliminated last week.
The Yellowjackets lost to Bryn Mawr, 3-1, in an A Conference play-in match, and the Dragons fell to Mount Carmel, 3-0, in the opening round of the C Conference tournament.
Junior Alexis Foxwell led the Dragons with five kills and three aces, while setter Sarah Gibney tallied seven assists.