Losing two straight matches can cause a young team to spiral.
Feelings of doubt creep in, and even talented squads can lose confidence.
Marriotts Ridge volleyball, which lost both of its matches last week, didn’t let that happen Tuesday by bouncing back with a straight-set sweep of Mt. Hebron. The Mustangs led early in all three sets, earning 25-14, 25-13 and 25-21 victories.
“It was really important to win this game today because we were coming off two bad losses,” said junior hitter Rhisen Davis. “We had to fight for every single point. I’m really proud of my team for how we played today.”
Last week, Marriotts Ridge (4-2) lost to Howard 3-0 and River Hill 3-1. Both the Lions and Hawks are undefeated.
“I’m really proud of them for last week’s games as well,” said Marriotts Ridge coach Jamie Bullock. “We’re still a young team. I knew tonight would be a hard match. I was proud of how they played last week, and I am proud of how they played today.”
Davis helped lead the Stangs with nine kills and eight digs. The Vikings especially struggled stopping the junior hitter in the first two sets.
“Rhisen is phenomenal,” said Mt. Hebron coach Tina Catanach. “It took us a long time to adjust. We started to adjust in the third set, but not soon enough. She beat us up. She’s the real deal.”
Outside hitter Leah Liu led the Mustangs with 15 kills and two aces, while Manasvi Mamilla led the team with 12 digs. Vivian O’Brien chipped in with seven kills, and freshman setter Eva Hull tallied 28 assists.
Bullock said the difference between the Mustangs’ win Tuesday and their losses last week was “consistency.”
“We didn’t miss too many serves, and we did a good job of putting the ball in bounds,” Bullock said. “I’m so happy with my girls for playing so consistently.”
The first two sets of the contest at Mt. Hebron (3-4) were carbon copies of each other. Marriotts Ridge took 8-3 and 10-4 leads, respectively. The Vikes then fought back to tighten the gap before the Mustangs extended their lead to earn double-digit victories.
“We didn’t show up, and we didn’t play to our potential,” Catanach said. “We have a lot of young players. That was a tough lesson for them to learn. I think we have everything in us to compete with teams like Marriotts Ridge.”
Davis said starting fast in the first two sets was crucial to giving her team confidence for the remainder of the match.
“Our energy was big for us today,” Davis said. “When we’re down, we tend to play scared. If we don’t play scared, we definitely get more kills and are more hype. We have to get that fire and keep it, and we did that today.”
The Vikings didn’t give up, though. After Marriotts Ridge took a 13-9 lead, the Vikings went on an 8-2 run to take its first two-point lead of the contest. With the set tied at 19, though, the Stangs won the next five points en route to the 25-21 triumph.
Sophomore middle hitter Jillian Shoultz stepped up for the Vikes in the third set, tallying multiple blocks on Davis. She ended the contest with six kills and four blocks.
“She turned it around in the third set for us,” Catanach said about Shoultz. “She was that game-changer that led us to compete in that third set. She brought the energy.”
Marriotts Ridge def. Mt. Hebron — 3-0 [25-14, 25-13, 25-21]
Marriotts Ridge stats: Leah Liu (15 kills, 2 aces, 5 digs), Vivian O’Brien (7 kills, 1 ace, 5 digs), Eva Hull (28 assists), Rhisen Davis (9 kills, 8 digs) and Manasvi Mamilla (12 digs).
Mt. Hebron stats: Jillian Shoultz (6 kills, 4 blocks, 1 dig), Juliana Guzman (15 digs, 4 assists), Emerson Rose (13 assists, 8 digs), Caroline Zheng (9 digs, 3 aces), Ava Bradley (7 kills, 2 digs, 1 ace), Anastasia Zambidis (5 digs, 3 assists).
Records: MR 4-2; MH 3-4.
OTHER VOLLEYBALL SCORES:
Reservoir def. Wilde Lake — 3-0 [25-10, 25-13, 25-15]
The visiting Gators won their fifth straight game with a sweep of the Wildecats. Samiha Foster led the Gators with 17 kills, while setter Jess Rothermel chipped in with 22 assists and six digs.
Reservoir stats: Gabby Allen (2 aces, 10 digs), Haley Ko (15 assists, 3 digs), Samiha Foster (17 kills, 5 digs), Madison Hill (9 kills, 2 digs, 2 blocks), Jess Rothermel (22 assists, 6 digs), Chaeli Flotildes (1 ace, 8 digs), Anjola Omolewa (4 kills, 2 digs).
Wilde Lake stats: Caitlin Rafferty (2 blocks, 1 kill), Gretchen Gunderson (3 kills, 2 ace, 7 digs), Veronica Goode (8 assists, 9 digs), Jasmine Nelson (9 digs, 4 kills).
Records: Re 7-1; WL 0-6.
Centennial def. Atholton — 3-0 [25-17, 25-19, 25-14]
Centennial stats: Malinh Godschall (16 kills, 13 digs), Abi Griffin (7 kills), Holli Kraisser (1 kill, 2 aces, 5 digs), Kaley MacLellan (3 kills, 2 block), Skylar Brown (3 kills, 2 blocks), Caleigh Kim (1 kill, 1 ace, 15 digs), Brianna Bossom (7 kills, 2 aces, 5 digs, 30 assists).
Atholton stats: N/A.
Records: C 5-1; A 2-5.
Howard def. Glenelg— 3-0 [25-17, 25-14, 25-22]
The Lions remained undefeated with the sweep of the host Gladiators. Howard was led by juniors Corinne Chau and Kelenna Onukwugha, who both tallied eight kills, and middles Tyller Williams and Sanaya Srivastava, who led the defense with four and six blocks, respectively. Howard and River Hill are the only undefeated teams left in Howard County.
Howard stats: Corinne Chau (8 kills), Kelenna Onukwugha (8 kills, 1 aces), Tyller Williams (6 kills, 4 blocks), Sanaya Srivastava (6 blocks), Ayanna Pharoah (4 kills, 1 ace, 24 assists, 4 blocks), Briana May (18 digs).
Glenelg stats: Mackenzie Calhoun (15 kills, 10 digs), Stella Wolf (3 kills), Lauren LaPointe (3 kills, 2 blocks), Lindsay Kelley (2 kills, 2 aces, 18 assists, 2 digs, 1 block), Sydney Yoon (16 digs, 2 assists).
Records: Ho 6-0; G 3-3.
Hammond def. Oakland Mills — 3-0 [25-12, 25-15, 25-22]
Safi Hampton did it all to help lead the Golden Bears to their first win of the season. Hampton tallied 17 kills, 10 digs and six aces in the victory.
Hammond stats: Safi Hampton (6 aces, 17 kills, 1 block, 1 assist, 10 digs), Jenna Kreh (1 ace, 29 assists, 16 digs), Hannah Chambers (1 ace, 1 kill, 4 blocks, 4 digs), Zahra Miknas (6 kills, 5 digs), Jariah Nash (2 aces, 12 digs).
Oakland Mills stats: Paige McPhillips (2 aces, 2 kills, 3 blocks, 2 digs), Kathryn Rogan (1 ace, 2 digs, 16 assists), Zhenzhu Nelson (2 aces, 8 kills, 20 digs).
Records: Ha 1-5; OM 1-6.
River Hill def. Long Reach — 3-0 [25-18, 25-18, 25-17]
The visiting Hawks won their seventh straight game to open the season. Sungeen Ghumann led River Hill with 16 kills, while Shreeni Chikyala chipped in with 12 kills. Molly Xu led the Hawks with 18 assists, while Logan Maxwell tallied 12 digs. River Hill and Howard are the only undefeated teams left in Howard County.
River Hill stats: Abby Chicorelli (6 kills, 1 assist, 1 block), Christina Lui (4 kills), Grace Leska (5 kills), Paula Elguera (4 kills), Shreeni Chikyala (12 kills, 1 block, 2 aces), Molly Xu (18 assists, 3 aces, 4 digs), Sungeen Ghumann (16 kills, 3 digs), Logan Maxwell (1 ace, 12 digs).
Long Reach stats: Allison Brown (1 ace, 5 kills, 6 digs), Isabella Mora (6 kills, 4 digs), Hayley Norton (1 ace, 1 block, 13 assists, 7 digs), Mia Rubio (1 assist, 12 digs), Toni Shaw (4 blocks, 1 dig), Kailey Young (4 kills, 2 blocks, 13 digs).
Records: RH 7-0; LR 1-6 county, 2-6 overall.
Mt. Hebron 5, Atholton 1
Emmanuel Bekele scored three first-half goals to lead the visiting Vikings to their third straight victory. Jimmy Linsenmeyer scored in his third straight game in the win.
Goals: MH — Emmanuel Bekele 3, Andrew Magdar, Jimmy Linsenmeyer; A — Ayomide Akinmade.
Assists: MH — Liam McCaffrey, Ahmad Alamad, Elia Likakis, Lewis Hollander, Mark Adja; A — Jacob Fato.
Saves: MH — Logan Dunn 5, Cooper Strohman 3.
Records: MH 3-1, 4-1; A 1-4.
Glenelg 3, Long Reach 2
Goals: G — Siji Joyalemi, Daniel Vaysman, DJ Anderson.
Saves: G — Katen Gulati 6.
Halftime: 2-0, G.
Records: G 4-1; LR 0-5, 1-5.
Centennial 1, Reservoir 0
Riley Senisi’s first-half goal propelled the visiting Eagles to victory. Kartik Sullivan tallied five saves in goal for his fourth shutout of the season. The Eagles are alone in first place in Howard County with a 5-0 record.
Goals: C — Riley Senisi.
Assists: C — Noah Kantsiper.
Saves: C — Kartik Sullivan 5; Re — Danny Ventura 2.
Halftime: 1-0, C.
Records: C 5-0, 7-1; Re 3-2.
Howard 1, Marriotts Ridge 0
An own goal by the Mustangs in the first half was all the host Lions needed to knock off the defending county champions. The own goal came after a throw-in by Howard senior defender Ryan Miller. Luke Ryerson pitched a shutout in goal with seven saves.
Records: Ho 3-2; MR 3-2.
River Hill 5, Hammond 0
Aidan Edmonds scored and had two assists in the Hawks’ blowout win over the Golden Bears. Victor Osunji chipped in with two goals, while Jack Nelson scored and had an assist in the victory. Goalie Zach Glass earned his third shutout of the season.
Goals: RH — Victor Osunji 2, Jason Jia, Aidan Edmonds, Jack Nelson.
Assists: RH — Edmonds 2, Nelson, Antonio Paulino, Noah Hanson.
Saves: RH — Zach Glass 0.
Records: RH 4-1, 5-2; Ha 0-5, 1-6.
Oakland Mills 2, Wilde Lake 0
In a matchup between father and son, Don Shea’s Scorpions squad earned the victory over his son Trevor’s Shea’s Wildecats team.
Records: OM 2-2, 2-4-1; WL 1-4, 3-4.
River Hill 9, Hammond 0
Goals: RH — Ara Omitowoju 2, Allie Lubitz 2, Greta Hanson 2, Vivian Yao, Alyssa Barker, Caroline Duffy.
Assists: RH — Allie Lubitz 3, Ella Ferrer, Barker, Omitowoju, Libby Kitzinger, Duffy, Natalie Lubitz.
Saves: RH — Duffy 2, Allie Billups 4; Ha — Angela Neira 6.
Halftime: 6-0, RH.
Records: RH 3-1, 4-3; Ha 0-5, 1-5.
Wilde Lake 3, Oakland Mills 2
Grace Dunbar scored two goals to lead the host Wildecats to victory on their Senior Night. Madison Lee also scored for Wilde Lake. Despite the loss, the two goals for Oakland Mills marked the first time the Scorpions had scored multiple goals in a regular season game against a Howard County opponent since before the 2018 season. Rebecca Fairbanks scored both goals for the Scorpions.
Goals: WL — Grace Dunbar 2, Madison Lee; OM — Rebecca Fairbanks 2.
Assists: WL — Leah Williams, Olivia Morse; OM — Olivia Rollins.
Saves: WL — Hannah Lowry 6; OM — Paige Andrews 7.
Halftime: 2-1, WL
Records: WL 3-2, 4-2; OM 0-4, 1-4.
Marriotts Ridge 1, Howard 0
Giavana Liberto’s goal with six minutes remaining sealed the victory for the host Mustangs. Megan Wagner served the corner kick into the box, and Liberto headed it past Howard’s goalkeeper for the game-winning score. The win is the Mustangs’ eighth straight to open the season. Howard, meanwhile, was led by Ansley Glasgow, who tallied 12 saves in goal. Despite the loss, the Lions are the first team this season to come within one goal of the Mustangs, who have beaten their opponents by an average of 3.4 goals this season.
Goals: MR — Giavana Liberto.
Assists: MR — Megan Wagner.
Saves: MR — Caroline Albert 7; Ho — Ansley Glasgow 12.
Records: MR 5-0, 8-0; Ho 2-2, 3-2.
Mt. Hebron 1, Atholton 0
Leen Jawhar’s goal in the 47th minute was all the Vikings needed to defeat the visiting Raiders. Goalie Emily Canseven pitched a shutout in goal with three saves, while Atholton goalie Dahlia Bedward tallied eight saves. Mt. Hebron and Marriotts Ridge are the only two teams remaining with undefeated records in Howard County play.
Goals: MH — Leen Jawhar.
Saves: MH — Emily Canseven 3; A — Dahlia Bedward 8.
Records: MH 4-0, 4-1; A 2-2.
Centennial 2, Reservoir 1 (OT)
Michelle Fradlin’s game-winning goal in the eighth minute of overtime propelled the host Eagles to their second victory of the season. Fradlin found a seam in Reservoir’s defense, brought down a long pass from defender Emma Bennett, took a second touch to compose herself and locate the goalie before scoring the game-winning from just outside the 18-yard box. Centennial opened the scoring in the first half when Lauren Pellegrini found the back of the net from inside a crowded box after a pinpoint Sofia Thomas cross. Reservoir tied the game in the second half to send the contest to overtime.
Goals: C — Michelle Fradlin, Lauren Pellegrini.
Assists: C — Emma Bennett, Sofia Thomas.
Saves: C — Emily Hagan 7.
Halftime: 1-0, C.
Records: C 2-3; Re 1-4, 2-5.
Glenelg 4, Long Reach 3
Sophomore Stephanie Lathrop scored her first career hat trick and added an assist to lead the Gladiators to the one-goal victory. Glenelg led 4-1 with about 30 minutes remaining before the Lightning scored two goals to come within a score of tying the game.
Goals: G — Stephanie Lathrop 3, Bri Werner; LR — Michelle Ruano, Jessica Ruano, Alicia Bauer.
Assists: G — Ava Stamatakis 2, Claire Stern, Lathrop; LR — Carly Vincent, Reagan Burfeind.
Saves: G — Bella Buscher 6; LR — Kelsey Linkous-Dowdy 4, Shyann Hansen 2.
Halftime: 3-1, G.
Records: G 4-1; LR 1-4.
Centennial 68, Howard 62
Dustin Stocksdale (26 points) led the way for the Eagles in the last match of the regular season.
C (5-1): Dustin Stocksdale 26, Ty Beck-Winter 18, Mason Roque 17, Dominic Trojillo 7.
Ho (4-2): Gregory Heiger 18, Mason Vale 17, Brandon Sutch 14, Alex Brousseau 13.
Atholton 33, Wilde Lake 28
A (2-3): Andy Christiansen 15, Owen Scarborough 10, Ivan Cho 7, Kyle Brown 1.
WL (0-5): Henry Hilger 23, Steven Smith 3, Garion Hoy 1, Asher Flippen 1.
Centennial 42, Howard 0
C (4-2): Hannah Fang 17, Reagan Hubbard 14, Sanika Shah 11.
Ho (0-6): N/A.
Wilde Lake 57, Atholton 27
WL (4-1): Shreya Suresh 21, Laurel Sands 15, Clare Bowen 11, Lindsey Sands 10.
A (2-2-1): Cate Lee 12, Saili Khorjekar 7, Clara Kadingo 6, Kavya Shah 2.
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