All but three volleyball teams survive opening round of regional play

Perhaps the most exciting match of the opening round of the 3A East regional volleyball tournament came at Wilde Lake, where ninth-seeded Reservoir mounted a comeback to defeat the eighth-seeded Wildecats, 24-26, 25-12, 21-25, 25-22, 15-8.

"It was a well fought match by both teams," said Wilde Lake coach Caitlin Williams.

The Gators earned a trip to top-seeded and undefeated Centennial on Monday for a quarterfinal match with the win.

Another 3A East quarterfinal match will also feature a pair of Howard County teams, as Atholton defeated Hammond in straight sets to advance to a meeting with fourth-seeded Mt. Hebron, which drew a first-round bye, Monday at 4 p.m.

Third-seeded River Hill also drew a first round bye, and awaits the winner of Northeast and Stephen Decatur.

Howard was scheduled to play at Annapolis in the opening round, but that score has not yet been reported.

2A South

Southern ended Oakland Mills' season, 26-28, 25-19, 25-19, 25-22.

After returning from an injury, Scorpions senior captain Allie Cable moved from libero to outside hitter and had eight kills and seven aces. Setter Heidi Larsen contributed 18 assists, and Daria Hypolite finished with seven kills and five blocks in her first match of the season at middle hitter.

Marriotts Ridge — a straight-set opening round winner over Gwynn Park — will now travel to Southern on Monday in an attempt to avenge the loss for Howard County.

Long Reach defeated McDonough, 3-1, in the opening round, and will now face top-seeded Calvert in the quarterfinals.

On the opposite side of the bracket, second-seeded Glenelg earned an opening round bye, and will host Lackey on Monday at 4 p.m.

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