Glenelg volleyball takes control with sweep of Howard

GLENELG, MD — The Glenelg volleyball team had no trouble finding motivation for its match against visiting Howard on Thursday night.

Not only was it Senior Night for the Gladiators in a match that would break a tie for the league lead in Howard County, but their opponent, the Lions, had defeated Glenelg in five sets last fall to clinch the county title on the last day of the regular season.


Glenelg (10-1) earned its revenge Thursday night, and sent its seniors off in style, with a 26-24, 25-20, 25-15 sweep of defending county champion Howard (9-2).

"Our M.O. this year has always been that when we make the serving run and we put the teams out of system, we're very efficient with scoring our points on free balls," coach Jason Monjes said. "My back row is the unsung heros of our team ... when we serve tough, we're a hard team to beat. We just caught them on a bad night and we happened to play our best on Senior Night."


Glenelg senior Sarah Girard (3 aces) collected 16 kills to approach 250 on the season, while juniors Rachael Girard (21 assists) and Kristen Thesing (15 digs) also had strong performances.

The Gladiators will now visit Reservoir and River Hill next Tuesday and Wednesday, and can clinch sole possession of the county title with a win over either team. Reservoir (7-4) is the only team to defeat Glenelg this year, in five sets on opening night.

"It was a good win," Thesing said. "We picked our game up ... We just need to keep focused. These next two games are going to be really tough but we can win."

The Gladiators lost their best middle hitter, Maryellyn Musselman, to an arm injury during practice on Wednesday, but made do with a smaller front line. Senior Elissa Dorsey (9 digs) combined with Thesing to strengthen the back row defense.


"We just picked up our defense because we didn't have a big block," Thesing said.

Howard had been on a hot streak coming into Thursday, winning seven matches in a row since a loss to Wilde Lake in mid-September.

"We probably had one of our worst passing performances, and if you can't pass the ball you can't run your offense," Howard coach Grant Scott said. "Their serving took us out of our game."

The Lions went down 21-7 in the third set, but called a time out and rallied with an 8-3 run to make the final score respectable.

"When I called that last time out and the game was getting away we said 'look, let's play for pride'," Scott said. "I'm proud of them for that, and that's going to help us when we go to the playoffs ... no one except for us thought that this game would matter so much" coming into the season.

Senior setter Hanna Webster had an outstanding match, tallying 19 assists, while sophomore Sarah Sweet stood out with eight kills.

Last year, Howard lost in the Class 4A regional finals, while Glenelg lost in the 3A state semifinals.

Around the league

Centennial 3, Atholton 2

Olivia Na (27) and Gaby Lagomarsino (19) combined for 46 assists in the loss for the Raiders, and Julia Skibniewska added 23 kills and 10 digs. Hope Kelly (14 digs, 6 kills), Sam Miller (9 kills), Brooke Mason (8 kills) and Catherina Park (7 digs, 9 aces) also made big contributions.

Marriotts Ridge 3, Mt. Hebron 1

Reservoir 3, Hammond 0

Catie Chervenak had 28 digs for Hammond in the loss.

River Hill 3, Oakland Mills 0

Wednesday, Oct. 15

Wilde Lake 3, Long Reach 0

Chapelgate 3, St. Mary's 1

League standings, as of Oct, 16

Glenelg, 10-1
Howard, 9-2
Centennial, 8-3
Wilde Lake, 8-3
Mt. Hebron, 7-4
Reservoir, 7-4
Marriotts Ridge, 6-5
River Hill, 5-6
Hammond, 3-8
Atholton, 2-9
Oakland Mills, 1-10
Long Reach, 0-11
Chapelgate, 6-1 (IAAM B Conference)
Glenelg Country 3-2 (IAAM C Conference)

Tuesday, Oct. 21 schedule

Centennial at Hammond
Glenelg at Reservoir
Howard at River Hill
Long Reach at Mt. Hebron
Oakland Mills at Atholton
Wilde Lake at Marriotts Ridge

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