North Hagerstown captures Westminster Tournament crown
by Katherine Dunn
Glenelg’s volleyball team traveled to the Linganore Tournament Saturday and found its best competition in a few familiar opponents.
The Gladiators, who came in ranked No. 20 in VSN’s Volleyball Top 20, won the nine-team tournament with a 25-23, 25-23 victory over No. 16 Centennial in the championship match.
Outside hitter Mackenzie Calhoun and setter Lindsay Kelley were selected to the All-Tournament team. For the day, Calhoun finished with 61 kills, 12 aces, 39 digs and five assists. Kelly had 87 assists, 10 kills, 18 digs and six aces.
The Gladiators won their pool, winning seven of nine sets. They dropped two of three sets against No. 17 Mount Hebron, but the Vikings finished 6-3 in the pool and finished second.
In the best-of-three semifinals, Glenelg defeated Middletown 25-18, 25-20, and Centennial defeated Mount Hebron, 25-22, 25-20.
Glenelg coach Jason Monjes was especially pleased with how well his team played without their best middle hitter, junior Lauren LaPointe, who missed the tournament for a lacrosse recruiting event.
“Mackenzie Calhoun and Lindsay Kelley, they’re only sophomores and they played as freshmen for me last year,” Monjes said. “Mackenzie Calhoun, her stats are off the charts hitting outside for us and she’s not even an outside hitter at club, she’s a setter, so for her to be able to do that, I think she’s going to wake a lot of people up about how good of a volleyball player she is. With Lindsay really setting well, really serving well, those two really hit it up for us.”
Monjes also praised his senior libero Sydney Yoon for her performance.
“I don’t think she gets enough credit…” he said. “She really stepped up with her ball control. We’re going to win by serving, playing really good defense and ball control, but we were able to spread the ball around and have three or four options where Centennial only had two. I think that’s our key this year. I lost some really good seniors last year, but I think everybody has bought into the fact that we might not be the greatest on paper, but we have been one of the smartest teams this year and it all has to do with our ball control.”
Because one team dropped out of the tournament, the Gladiators played three sets against each of three opponents in their pool while in the other pool, Centennial played two sets against each of four opponents. The Eagles won their pool with a 7-1 record while second-place Middletown finished 6-2.
Eagles sophomore outside hitter Mailinh Godschall was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player while junior setter Brianna Bossom made the All-Tournament Team.
Godschall had 42 kills, six blocks, 68 digs and 12 aces. Bossom dished out 83 assists and had 18 kills, 14 aces, 30 digs and four blocks.
Centennial coach Mike Bossom also said his libero, junior Caleigh Kim, was critical to the Eagles reaching the title match.
“Those three are on the court 90-95 percent of the time,” Bossom said, “because Brianna doesn’t come out, Mailinh doesn’t come out and Caleigh only comes out on that half rotation when she’s not serving. Our job is to control the ball and those three are ones that provide ball control and then we try to figure out how to score points.”
The Eagles are still adjusting to the loss of senior middle hitter Kendall Kreidel, who tore an ACL and meniscus in a scrimmage and will be out for the season. For most of the tournament, they relied on juniors and sophomores.
Their only loss in pool play came in a split with Middletown, 25-19, 22-25. Bossom said they had a “decent lead” in the second set but gave it away with seven straight unforced errors.
“The key for us was just playing consistently,” he said, adding that having a young team is a “cool thing/difficult thing,” because they have great potential but just need more time playing together.
Western Maryland teams dominate Westminster tournament
North Hagerstown did not drop a set en route to the championship of the Mason-Dixon Invitational Tournament at Westminster Saturday.
The Hubs won all eight sets in pool play and defeated Williamsport, 25-20, 25-16, in the best-of-three title match. Williamsport also finished 8-0 in pool play.
Twelve teams were originally scheduled to compete, but three withdrew, so after pool play, the top six teams were seeded for the quarterfinals with South River finishing third in pool play and VSN No. 2 Westminster, fourth.
South River beat Good Counsel, 25-21, 25-23, and the Owls topped No. 15 Mount de Sales, 25-16, 25-13, to move on.
In the semifinals, North Hagerstown defeated Westminster, 25-19, 25-22, and Williamsport defeated South River, 25-18, 25-14.
In pool play, Mount de Sales finished fifth, No. 13 St. Mary’s was seventh, Bel Air was eighth and Winters Mill finished ninth.