Siegrist leads as Sea­hawks hand Wild­cats 1st county loss

South River im­proves to 12-0, but Arun­del de­nies a sixth straight sweep

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY - By Bob Hough

There’s not a whole lot that Sa­van­nah Siegrist doesn’t do on the vol­ley­ball court.

Siegrist was among the lead­ers in most sta­tis­ti­cal cat­e­gories Mon­day night and helped No. 1 South River knock off No. 4 Arun­del in four sets in a bat­tle of two of Anne Arun­del County’s three un­de­feated teams in county play. Siegrist had a team-high 12 kills, went 20-for-20 serv­ing with five aces and was sec­ond on the team in digs with 17 in the Sea­hawks’ 25-18, 25-13, 20-25, 25-21 vic­tory.

South River (12-0) im­proved to 5-0 in county play and lost a set for the first time since de­feat­ing Howard County’s Atholton in four sets Sept. 27. The Sea­hawks had won their past five matches in sweeps and won the first two sets against the Wild­cats on Mon­day be­fore drop­ping the third.

Siegrist “has a very high vol­ley­ball IQ,” South River coach Mau­reen Carter said. “She knows how to make a shot, she knows where to place the ball and she sees the other side of the court well. She’s been our go-to girl.”

Siegrist, who will play beach vol­ley­ball at Jack­sonville, got the Sea­hawks off to a quick start with five kills in the first set. She had a kill down the line to give South River a 21-17 lead, then served an ace on the next point.

Her best serv­ing came in the sec­ond set, where she served nine straight points — in­clud­ing four aces — to turn a10-9 lead into a 19-9 ad­van­tage. Af­ter Arun­del won the third set and had an 18-17 lead in the fourth, Siegrist had two kills late in the fourth to help the Sea­hawks avoid go­ing to a fifth and de­cid­ing set. Both her kills late in the set came di­rectly af­ter the Wild­cats had blocked her. South River play­ers cel­e­brate dur­ing Mon­day’s game. “We just wanted to come out here and ab­so­lutely kill it,” Sa­van­nah Siegrist said. “It was a great feel­ing to do that.”

“We knew this was go­ing to be our best match of the sea­son. We just wanted to come out here and ab­so­lutely kill it,” Siegrist said. “It was a great feel­ing to do that. It was such a team ef­fort.”

Siegrist had plenty of help Mon­day. Sarah Man­der­son added 11 kills and went 9-for-9 serv­ing. Her soft tip over the block­ers clinched the match for the Sea­hawks. Emily Spe­ciale went 21-for-21 serv­ing with an ace and added 37 as­sists, while Sa­van­nah Doc­tor had six kills and five digs and went 17-for-17 serv­ing with three aces. Doc­tor had a kill to break a tie at 21 in the fourth, Spe­ciale found the corner on a well-placed soft hit and Madisyn Jones had an ace and served out the fi­nal three points for South River. Jones fin­ished 14-for-14 serv­ing with three aces and had a teamhigh 20 digs for South River.

“I have a lot more pieces to the puz­zle,” said Carter, re­fer­ring to how this year’s team dif­fers from her re­cent squads. “I have a lot more weapons, so I can spread it. I even have peo­ple on the bench whode­serve to be out there.”

Arun­del (9-2) had its five-match win­ning streak ended. The Wild­cats also fea­tured a bal­anced hit­ting at­tack with Ali­cia El­dredge lead­ing the way with 11 kills and 18 as­sists. Chyna Gub­bings and Macken­zie Mee­han (three blocks) each fol­lowed with nine kills, and Kiera Holtz­claw added four blocks for the Wild­cats, who got back in the match in the third set with their block­ing.

“We know that we have a re­ally solid group of girls, they just need to put all the pieces to­gether,” Arun­del coach Ash­ley Yus­cav­age said. “We just didn’t have a great night and South River did a great job of cap­i­tal­iz­ing on the things we weren’t do­ing well.”


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