Photo Credit: Brian Taylor

In a typical year, the Centennial vs. Mt. Hebron girls volleyball matchup produces one of the most intense and competitive rivalries in the Howard County. But this is not your typical year, as the Eagles cruised to an easy two-set sweep (25-9, 25-15) of the visiting Vikings.

Centennial improved to 3-0 on the season and appeared in top form with strong defense, crisp passing and powerful hitting. The Eagles out hustled the Vikings in every phase of the game and were never challenged in the first set. Hebron made a push to start the second set, closing the gap to 9-7, but Centennial went on an impressive 16-8 run to complete the sweep.

Mt. Hebron fell to 0-1 in its first match of the season, which was delayed following a two-week quarantine due to possible COVID-19 exposure during tryouts. Hebron’s roster, which includes 5 freshman and 3 sophomores, was not finalized until March 5 due to the delay, and the team had just two days of practice prior to tonight’s matchup with their arch-rival. It won’t get any easier for coach Tina Catanach and her young Vikings, who face the undefeated Howard Lions (3-0) on Monday.

Centennial coach Mike Bossom and his Eagles will look to keep pace with Howard atop the standings against Marriott’s Ridge (1-1), also on Monday, in hopes of participating in a battle of the undefeated on the final day of the regular season.

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Photos from the match:

Photo Credit: Brian Taylor
Photo Credit: Brian Taylor
Photo Credit: Brian Taylor

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Brian Taylor