It couldn't have been any closer in Cape St. Claire yesterday as No. 7 Broadneck outlasted No. 11 Glen Burnie, 3-2, in an Anne Arundel County match.
The host Bruins took the hard-fought match by 15-13, 18-16, 8-15, 13-15 15-7. Winning the first two sets in contrasting manner, the Bruins (2-0) seemingly developed a false sense of security against the tenacious Gophers (2-2).
Broadneck came from behind to take the first set by two points, then blew a 14-7 lead before pulling out an 18-16 victory for a 2-0 advantage.
But the Gophers did not quit.
"Absolutely not," said Gophers coach Kevin Guite.
"I know what my kids can do and I know they have what it takes to compete with anybody in this county. It's a matter of doing it consistently. I knew in the first game we had what it took, but then we dropped off."
The third game showed that the Gophers were not going to be swept and the fourth displayed their tenacity as they survived a furious game featuring five ties to win, 15-13. That set the stage for the fifth and final game which the Bruins ran away with after starting 2-2.
"My girls thought they were going to roll over them, but that's not Glen Burnie's style," said Broadneck coach Romanzo Beans.
"They're [the Gophers] going to come back and they did, but our girls came back in the last game and played with a lot of heart."
Senior hitters Katie Henschel and Alice Osborne and junior hitter Angie Kahler led the way serving, and setters -- junior Nicole Barr and freshman Hallie Fuller -- also contributed serving and paced the Bruins in assists.
Henschel was 26-for-28 serving with three aces and nine kills followed by the 5-foot-10 Osborne, who was 13-for-15 serving with six kills and seven blocks and 5-11 Kahler, 23-for-24 in serves with eight kills.
The Bruins' superb setting combo of the 5-11 Barr and 5-8 Fuller went 18-for-18 and 20-for-20 in serves, respectively. Barr added nine kills, two aces and 15 assists and Fuller had 14 assists.
Broadneck's overall height advantage was a factor, but not a major one in Guite's opinion.
"They were definitely a lot taller, but most of our mistakes came on our side because we didn't pass well and didn't hit hard," said Guite.
"And we dug a big hole for ourselves quite a few times."
The hitting of senior Tiffany Jordan (5-10) and junior Denise Schultheis (5-10), and the setting of seniors Michelle Whitlock (5-4) and Kristen Shacklock (5-6), who also hits, enabled the Gophers to stay alive time and again.
Pub Date: 9/29/99