No. 2 Mount He­bron sweeps No. 13 Reser­voir in 3A East

Cen­tury de­feats Lib­erty; Howard beats Mervo

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY - By Tim Schwartz

The No. 2 Mount He­bron vol­ley­ball team en­tered the post­sea­son rid­ing a 13-game win­ning streak, but it also knows that streak is ir­rel­e­vant in a Class 3A East Sec­tion I semi­fi­nal.

The Howard County co-cham­pion Vik­ings do, how­ever, know that an 18th straight vic­tory would mean they had fin­ished the sea­son as state cham­pi­ons for the first time since 1995.

“It’s kind of that lit­tle light at the end of the tun­nel, I’d say,” Mount He­bron se­nior Elayna Wil­liams said af­ter lead­ing her team to a straight-set, 25-20, 25-8, 25-20, home win over No. 13 Reser­voir on Mon­day. “We’re look­ing at it, but we still want to fo­cus on one game at a time so we don’t get too far ahead of our­selves.”

Wil­liams fin­ished with 19 kills and six aces, but the Vik­ings (14-1) got mul­ti­ple con­tri­bu­tions to win. Rylee Kin­sella had six kills, Amanda Ross had five and Kaitlin Dono­van added four, while Maya Takashima dom­i­nated de­fen­sively. Mount He­bron served 15 aces and notched its 14th straight win to ad­vance to Wed­nes­day’s 3A East re­gion semi­fi­nal Cen­tury’s Sarah Rig­gin, left, and Melissa Bonzelet cel­e­brate a point dur­ing the Knights’ vic­tory over Lib­erty, their first in seven tries. against Cen­ten­nial.

“To win 18 in a row, which is what we need to do to be state cham­pi­ons, you have to win14 in a row. Now we have to win15 in a row,” said Mount He­bron coach Michael Moyni­han. “We’re not look­ing at Fri­day or talk­ing about Mon­day or next Satur­day — our fo­cus to­mor­row at prac­tice will be get­ting ready to play the Ea­gles, who are an in­cred­i­bly strong team who spreads the ball as well as we do. It’s go­ing to be a fun match either way and this place is go­ing to be rocking.”

Against the Ga­tors (11-5), the Vik­ings had

MATT HAZLETT/BAL­TI­MORE SUN ME­DIA GROUP

Elayna Wil­liams of No. 2 Mount He­bron plays a shot against No. 13 Reser­voir on Mon­day. Wil­liams fin­ished with 19 kills and six aces as the Vik­ings won their 14th straight.

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