Westminster's Jilienne Widener talks about her team's four-set win over Century.
On a night when Century and Westminster played inspired volleyball for two pulsating hours, the Owls had the final word.
Westminster outlasted the Knights, 26-24, 23-25, 25-22, 25-22, and improved to 4-0.
"I think Century was the team that wanted to beat us the most this season," said fifth-year coach Westminster coach Ed Benish, whose team is 3-0 against county foes with wins over Francis Scott Key and Manchester Valley as well as Linganore. "We went down 2-0 to Linganore in our first match of the season. We came back and won 3-2. We outplayed them that night.
"Tonight, Century wanted to beat us more. I think it was a great early-season test."
No player stood out more than Jilienne Widener, Westminster's 6-foot sophomore outside hitter.
The reigning Times Player of the Year finished with 24 kills and 16 digs. She had 15 kills in the first two games.
"She definitely has matured a lot in the last year," Benish said. "She really has grown a with her mindset. She's going point to point instead of just thinking about mistakes. On any given night, she takes over when we need her too and that is one of the best things about her."
Benish was particularly pleased with the performance of sophomore setter Emily Stauder.
Stauder made the first start of her high school career and had 33 assists.
"Emily stepped up and took charge," the coach said. "You could tell she was a little nervous, but she stayed composed and did her job. She's the quarterback of the team."