A year ago River Hill lost three times to Centennial, with two of the matches going to five games.
Last night, it wasn't that close.
River Hill made sure of it.
The fourth-ranked Hawks, who had lost eight straight times to the Eagles since the school opened in 1996, upended the top-ranked Eagles, 15-9, 15-8, 15-11, in a Howard County match at River Hill.
"We came out strong," said senior outside hitter Shannon Patrick, who led the Hawks (5-1 overall, 5-0 league) with 13 kills. "We were very prepared and we played so well as a team."
River Hill established control early, winning the first six points of the match. The Hawks extended their lead to 13-3 before a Centennial rally made the score more respectable.
The Eagles (3-2, 3-1) took 5-2 leads in the second and third games. But River Hill capitalized on mistakes and used the solid setting of Sarah Albert (20 assists) and hitting of Patrick, Krystal Jacobson (seven kills) and Lisa Humphrey (six kills) to regain control.
"We wanted to place the ball well and work their passers and setters," said River Hill coach Sybil Modispacher. "We didn't want to give them anything."
Pub Date: 9/28/99