Last Thursday's league volleyball schedule saw several notable outcomes, as teams prepare for the final stretch and this Saturday's annual Gator Invitational tournament at Reservoir.
Marriotts Ridge (4-3) upset defending state finalist River Hill (5-2), in four sets. It was the Mustangs first win over the Hawks in school history. Dana Koehler and Rachael Grant had seven kills each for Marriotts Ridge, and Alican Pacione had 19 assists. Defensively, Jane Grant had 11 digs and Julie Dixon passed to a 2.61 rating. Katie Smith served four aces.
Also last Thursday, Howard defeated Wilde Lake, 3-1. Lions junior middle hitter Courtney Merson recorded three kills and three blocks in a 25-10 game two win, and Sydney Biniak had four kills and two aces across the first two sets.
Wilde Lake's Kelly Surkovich (3) and Katie Hines (2) combined for five kills in the first set.
Glenelg Country has won two matches in a row, over Baltimore Lutheran and Beth Tfiloh last week, to improve to 4-5.
On Saturday, undefeated 14-time state champ Centennial (7-0), 2007 state champ Reservoir (4-4) and defending county champion River Hill (5-2) will compete against some of the best teams in the state at the annual Gator Invitational at Reservoir. River Hill won the tournament last year, sweeping St. Paul's in the final.
Pool play begins at 9 a.m., with the playoffs scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. River Hill and Reservoir share a pool with Arundel, Calvert and Mount de Sales, while Centennial will battle Broadneck, Dulaney, Northern and Severna Park.
The River Hill boys and girls won a tri-meet with Atholton and Howard last week.
Howard's Daniel Rau (16:56) won the boys race, followed by River Hill's Chris Heydrick and Atholton's Gary Smolyak. River Hill swept the top three spots in the girls race, as Allison Krein, Angelica Yi and Anna Latzko went 1-2-3.
The Hawks followed that performance up by winning both the boys and girls team competition at the Scorpion Crawl at Oakland Mills on Monday.
Rau and Heydrick again went 1-2. Mt. Hebron's Ben Weinstein rounded out the top three, helping the Vikings place second out of 11 teams in the team competition.
Oakland Mills' Brit Lang won the girls race on her home course, followed by Mt. Hebron's Rachel Yep. Krein finished fourth to lead the Hawks to the win.
The Howard Community College cross country team traveled to Greensboro, N.C., last weekend to compete in the Hagan Stone Classic. The Dragon men finished first out of 16 teams, while the women placed 11th.
Filagot Dinku placed third in 26:35 for the men, while Andrew Parlette (ninth) also finished in the top ten. Anna Sandacz (21:40) placed 29th to lead the women.
"It was a great effort put on by the teams today," said coach Steve Musselman. "The women are improving. ... at one point of the meet, I honestly thought we were maybe second among the D-III programs and third overall. Once they posted the results the entire team was very excited. It was a strong team effort that enabled them to pull it out today. Hopefully this bodes well for nationals next month."
The team will next compete in the Hood College Invitational in Frederick Oct. 20.
"We all said there will be bumps along the road and we've had them, but this is a good sign for the future," said Wilde Lake coach Davia Procida, after her team beat Glenelg, 5-0, Oct. 5. "We finally played 80 minutes of good Wilde Lake soccer. The girls came out ready tonight, and they earned every goal they got."
Julia Rocha, Rachel Lazris (2), Brynn Drury and Maria Pascale scored. Kelly Geist had 13 saves for Glenelg, while Julia Crowe had six saves for Wilde Lake.
Reservoir beat Oakland Mills, 3-1, on two goals by Paola Rosa and a single marker from Tara Thompson. Rachel Hunter scored for Oakland Mills.
Lydia Frierson scored five times to lead Chapelgate to its first IAAM B Conference win, 5-4 over Catholic in overtime Oct. 5. Kathryn Cameron had 10 saves in goal.
Frierson, Jennifer Lindauere and Christina Vanwingerden scored for Chapelgate in a 4-3 loss to St. Mary's a day earlier, Oct. 2.
Glenelg Country School's defense held Mt. Carmel's Jada Talley, who had 25 goals coming into the game, to a single goal Oct. 4 in IAAM C Conference action. Unfortunately, that one goal was all Mt. Carmel needed for a shutout victory over Glenelg Country at Western Regional Park.
The Dragons had beaten Key, 7-0, a day earlier. "Yesterday we were one (team)," Glenelg Country coach Christy Mink said. "Today we weren't 11 strong."
After Talley's early blow, Catelyn Gamble became her shadow. "After the first goal, Catelyn really marked on her. She was everywhere with her," said defender Megan Steeley.
Glenelg's offense had golden opportunities in the last 10 minutes. But Chloe Lewis' shot soared over the cage, a shot by Ninah Dawson off a corner kick missed its mark, and Mt. Carmel keeper Katie Clark hung onto a line drive from Deja Hursey with eight minutes left. Then, with about 30 seconds left on the clock, Hursey hit another line drive, perhaps the Dragons' best shot of the afternoon, but again Clark withstood the challenge.
"We need to play together in the first half," said Lewis. "The second half is usually when we show all of our heart. In the last minutes we play hard. We need to find something that makes us do that from the very start and I guarantee we can beat anybody. As a team, we are very good."
Choudry had five saves for Glenelg Country.
Tala Ahmadi had two goals to lead Glenelg Country in the win over Key.
Howard got a goal from Nia Elbeck in the first overtime period to upset Marriotts Ridge, 1-0.
Katie Cocozza played the ball over top from mid field, and the defender "misjudged" the ball which ricocheted into the path of Elbeck for a breakaway, said coach Nick Zaron. "She dribbled around the goalie and scored."
Marriotts Ridge keeper Jenna Bergquist "made a number of great saves in the first half, a few off crosses and corner kicks," added Zaron, whose team is now 4-3 in the county and 6-4 overall.
Alex Hamer and Jan Voyton both scored twice as River Hill beat Hammond, 10-0. It was the 10th win of the season for the league-leading Hawks, and Jessica Hopkins had a goal and two assists.
Becca Higgins (assisted by Callie Allen), Street (Katie Arensmeier), Colleen McKenna (Hopkins), Hopkins (Michaela Hennessy), Emily Morris (Hopkins) and Maddie Haugh (Allie Morris) also scored.
Centennial beat Long Reach, 3-2, in double overtime. Ruthie Lucas got the game winner. Carolyn Eichhorn had scored twice for Centennial in regulation.
Long Reach got two second-half goals from Kristen Fawole. She converted a penalty kick — the fourth awarded in the game — and four minutes later she put home a header off a cross from Heather Glasser to force the game into overtime.
Steve Baxter, Centennial's coach, praised the play of Fawole and Ana Rebaza. "They are an amazing combination up top. This is the toughest pair in the county. They are always a threat to make something out of nothing to score a goal. I was very impressed with their play."
Atholton beat Mt. Hebron and Wilde Lake, both by the score of 4-2, last week.
River Hill beat Reservoir, 3-0, Oct. 3.
Michaela Hennessey and Sheridan Street (2) scored for River Hill.
Taylor Hensh scored both goals in Marriotts Ridge's 2-1 win over Long Reach.
Ana Rebaza scored for Long Reach.
Marriotts Ridge had a "communication breakdown," said coach Robin Grey. "We left Ana Rebaza open at the top of the box."
Jenna Bergquist had five saves for Marriotts Ridge. Long Reach's Emily Bradford stopped 13 shots.