In some ways, losing in the quarterfinals of last weekend's volleyball tournament at North Caroline didn't mean anything to Broadneck. There were no playoff ramifications, and the outcome wasn't going to make or break its season.
But when the opponent is a county rival, the defeat takes on greater importance. And the need to get even becomes more urgent.
The third-ranked Bruins sought a measure of revenge against No. 8 Glen Burnie last night. It took a while, but they got it.
Glen Burnie (8-4) won the first two games before Broadneck got in sync and took advantage of poor passing by the Gophers to win, 14-16, 5-15, 15-6, 15-9, 15-8.
Junior Katie Forthofer had 19 kills and five blocks for Broadneck (9-2), which never trailed in the last three games. Setter Krissi St. Clair had 15 assists and three kills and was 27-for-33 serving with five aces.
Junior Heather Hutson, playing for the first time since fracturing the ring finger on her right hand at North Caroline, had 16 kills for Glen Burnie. Her sister, Amy, had seven kills and was 19-for-20 serving.
When the Gophers lost in four games to South River without Heather Hutson on Tuesday, coach Juanita Milani compared it to a football team trying to get by without its quarterback and best receiver. The offense shuts down.
That didn't happen in the early stages of yesterday's match, even after junior Denise Warren injured her right ankle in the first game and had to be taken for X-rays. Glen Burnie trailed at the time, 9-4, but fought back to take a 13-10 lead. Jen Stapler later served the last three winners, including an ace, to wipe out a 14-13 deficit.
"We don't have that killer instinct when we get ahead," said Broadneck coach Glenn Brainer. "But take nothing away from Glen Burnie. Those girls don't give up. We were hitting and they kept digging everything out. And our girls were getting frustrated, and we lost our momentum."
The Gophers scored the first six points of the second game en route to a lopsided decision. But Broadneck looked like a different team in the last three games.
Senior Julie Barr (17-for-17 serving, five aces) struggled with her hitting because of an injury to her right arm, but Forthofer, St. Clair, Theresa Koester (six kills, seven blocks), Taci Williams and Amanda Barchanowitz all stepped forward when needed most.
Williams served a couple aces to help close the fourth game, and she served the last two winners of the fifth game.
Glen Burnie was hampered by sloppy passing. The Gophers made 15 passing errors in the third game, 20 in the fourth and 17 in the fifth. They had 14 combined in the first two games.