St. Paul's rookie volleyball coach SJ Greenway's first visit to Gilman didn't last long.
The Crusaders were ushered out in about an hour by the host Greyhounds, 25-11, 25-17, 23-15, in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association opener for both schools.
"Gilman is really, really good," said Greenway, who replaced Jim Jung after serving as Seton Keough's head coach for 11 seasons. "Their right side and outside (hitters) execute really well. They can hit over a block and around a block. They serve and pass well and are disciplined."
Gilman senior Charlie Darby totaled 15 kills, five aces and five blocks while teammate Will Harris, a senior, had 12 kills.
Seniors Charlie Halpert and Alex Bauman added seven kills each for the winners.
"Charlie Darby played well at the net," Gilman second-year coach William Allenbach said. "Both of our outside (hitters) are very athletic. Will Harris being the other one. They are patrolling the backline very well."
Gilman was most impressive in the opening game.
The Greyhounds — who lost in the league championship to Loyola Blakefield last year — jumped out to a 14-5 lead thanks to the net play of Darby and Bauman.
"We came out really hot in the first game," Allenbach said. "We were really good at attacking on the offensive front and our setters (Bauman, senior Jason Moscow) were really consistent."
Gilman took a 9-3 lead in the second game on its way to securing it.
St. Paul's didn't go quietly in the final game. The Crusaders went ahead 9-4 behind the serving of senior middle hitter Brett Pearre before the Greyhounds fought back.
There were six ties before Gilman took the lead for good at 15-14 on Halpert's ace.
Greenway says he expects his team to play much better when the Crusaders face Gilman in a rematch Sept. 30 in Brooklandville.
The coach and players are still getting to know each other.