River Hill tried but was swept away. Now, it is Centennial's turn.
Northern-Calvert County, a perennial volleyball powerhouse that has earned four state titles in the last five years, defeated the fourth-ranked Hawks yesterday, 15-6, 15-7, 15-9 in the first of back to back homes matches against two of the area's best teams.
Top-ranked Centennial takes its turn at Northern today, and has plenty of incentive. In Centennial's season-opener last year, Northern beat the Eagles in their gym, ending a 39-match win streak that included two state titles.
River Hill junior setter Sarah Albert said her team "played well, but we could have played better."
Hawks coach Sybil Modispacher agreed. "We have a few changes to make, but I'm happy with the way they played," she said. "We did play well, and in a lot of aspects we played better then they did, but we struggled with our serve receive."
Long Reach opened its season under new coach Tammy Goldeisen with a 15-4, 15-7, 15-10 victory Tuesday at Chapelgate.
"We did OK," said Goldeisen. "We have to learn from what happened. There were parts of the court that we didn't cover, and we were caught by surprise by some tips. We need to practice on adjusting to the way other teams play."
Leading the Lightning were Kristin Lundy, Candice Washington, Kathy Shahrokh and Cynthia Nicholls.
Goldeisen played her first unit the opening game, then went to her bench the next game. Long Reach had most of its starters in the third game.
"[Chapelgate] stepped up and we started to make mistakes," said Goldeisen of the third game.
Chapelgate coach Chris Moxley agreed. "We came alive in the third game, but it was more us capitalizing on their mistakes rather than us creating opportunities.
"We need to step up ourselves rather then wait for the other team to make mistakes. We just didn't play to our potential," Moxley added. "We're still figuring out the best rotation, and hopefully we'll see a lot more offense in the future."
Moxley said Laura Starsoneck, the only senior starter, played well.
Glenelg opened its season Tuesday night with a 1-1 tie at 11th-ranked South Carroll. The game was called at the end of regulation because of thunder and lightning.
"It was a good game. I thought we were a little better overall," said Glenelg coach Mike Williams, whose team outshot the Cavaliers, 14-11. "If we play that well the rest of the season we'll win some games. Our intensity level was very high."
Chrissy Murphy scored for South Carroll 12 minutes into the game. The Gladiators responded in the 25th minute when Jen Fields' shot deflected off the goalie and was put in by Katie Kirley.
Kristin Nairns started in goal for Glenelg and had four first-half saves. Kelly Jones took over in the second half and had four saves.
Glenelg sweeper Layne Buckler is battling bronchitis and played briefly at the start. The Gladiators also were without Melissa Wilder, who is in a year-long medical mentoring program that involves evening work. Wilder, a senior, wants to major in pre-med -- possibly at Maryland, Virginia or North Carolina State -- and continue playing soccer.
Williams, whose team plays at Westminster tonight, said senior Kelly Renfro and freshman Chrissy Starcher played well.
Centennial junior goal Erica Niemann suffered a hematoma on her right leg last Saturday when a Spalding player slid into her early in the first half.
"I had stopped the shot and was on the ground when she slid into me," said Niemann, whose Eagles were participating in the second of three games of the McDonogh tournament when the injured occurred.
Freshman Betsy Smith replaced Niemann for a brief time, then junior Emily Williams played the rest of the tournament. Niemann expects to play Monday against C. Milton Wright.
Centennial beat Spalding, 3-2, but that was sandwiched between losses to top-ranked John Carroll (3-0) and Friends Central, Pa., in a shootout.
Oakland Mills also played in the tournament, losing to Bishop O'Connell, Va., (2-0), Friends Central (2-1) and Spalding (2-0).
It was only a scrimmage, but there was nothing meaningless about Atholton's 2-0 field hockey victory last week at Owings Mills.
The Raiders failed to score a goal last season, and getting two in their first test of the season was a great way for new coach Beth Pressler and her squad to start the season.
"They were just thrilled," said Pressler. "We've been working on getting more offensive players in the circle and they were doing that."
Emily Benson scored in the first half, and Karen Browlie added a second-half goal.
"The girls were very positive about [the game]," said Pressler, who added that the Raiders are focusing on equaling or out-numbering the defenders in the circle. "They're looking forward to the season, and this really gets us started on the right foot."
Atholton opens the regular season Wednesday at Catonsville.
Atholton's boys cross country team took first and its girls placed fourth at last Saturday's Interstate Classic meet at Clear Spring High School in Washington County.
The top five Atholton boys were Matt Barresi, Steven Miller, Wesley Lipple, Justin Cherot and Andrew Breen. The top girls were Meagan Bolton, Nicole McMorrin, Lora Anderson, Katie Swartzwelder and Laura Dixon.
Pub Date: 9/09/99