Seahawks stay undefeated
Raiders make it tough in intercounty matchup
Tuesday night’s volleyball match between South River and Atholton was the kind of contest organizers had in mind when they came up with the new schedule agreement between Anne Arundel and Howard counties.
In a matchup between two of The Baltimore Sun’s top five teams in the metro area, No. 1 South River dropped the first set but fought back to win, 29-31, 25-17, 30-28, 25-23.
Though the host Seahawks won in four sets, No. 5 Atholton had four set points in the third before falling and rallied late in the fourth to make South River sweat out the final set and match.
“We won all three of our matches with the Howard County teams, but it wasn’t easy by any means,” South River coach Maureen Carter said. The Raiders “are very good. They were very relentless and weren’t making many mistakes.”
South River (6-0) also defeated Howard County powers Centennial and River Hill and will now face a schedule of primarily Anne Arundel County teams, except for Dulaney next week. The Seahawks will play Broadneck, Arundel and Severna Park over a 12-day stretch toward the end of the season.
“We’ll see them late in the season, but that’s OK,” Carter said. “We as coaches all like playing the Howard County teams because they’re very good.”
Atholton showed why it’s regarded as one of the top teams in the area when it rallied to win the first set. The Raiders trailed by as many as five points but fought back from an 18-15 deficit to take a 21-18 lead on the strength of Elise Park’s serving. The teams traded leads toward the end of the set, but Lisa Zoch’s kill finally gave the first set to the Raiders, 31-29, on their fourth set South River coach Maureen Carter congratulates her team after the match. “They are very good,” Carter said of Atholton. “They were very relentless and weren’t making many mistakes.” point. South River also had a chance to put the set away, but Samantha Miller’s kill kept the Raiders alive.
Atholton (2-2) defeated Severna Park and fell to Arundel and South River, and will head into Howard County play when it faces Glenelg on Thursday.
“We love this. We were lucky because we finished so high in the season last year,” Atholton coach Rob Moy said. “We ended up playing tough teams, but that’s what we want. We want to play those tough teams so we can prepare for the playoffs.”
Savannah Siegrist led a balanced South River attack with 26 kills and was one of three Seahawks who had at least 10. She added18 digs and went11-for-13 serving with an ace. She had four of her kills in the fourth set, including one that put the Seahawks up 24-22. After a block from Zoch kept the match alive, the Seahawks clinched the match on a service error.
“Savannah has been very clutch hitting and she’s very high percentage on the outside,” Carter said. “She’s leading the way, but I feel like we have a very well-rounded team this year.”
Sarah Manderson followed with 14 kills and five digs and went 19-for-20 with three aces, while Erin Canter had four late kills in the fourth set and finished with 10. Setter Emily Speciale had 52 assists and went 14-for-15 and defensive specialist Madisyn Jones had a team-high 29 digs and went 13-for-13.
South River has fielded teams that contended for county and region championships each year, but this year’s team appears to be loaded with even more talent than some of Carter’s best squads.
“In some of the past years we’ve had talent, but it wasn’t as spread out,” Carter said. “I think I have a lot of young talent this year.”