- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
Since North Point High School began playing varsity sports in 2007, the volleyball team has owned every meeting versus Great Mills.
Entering Tuesday night, host North Point had won all five meetings by either a sweep or in four games over the Hornets.
When the most recent meeting concluded, the Eagles added another victory to the series, sweeping Great Mills in three games, 25-21, 26-24, 25-21, to earn their second victory of 2012.
North Point (2-3, 2-3 SMAC) trailed in the middle stages of every game, but was able to go on runs and finish each game off strong with clutch rally points.
“We were a little inconsistent at times, but when we would have some unforced errors, the girls would just rally and come back,” North Point head coach Tim Cerutti said. “I’m proud of the team because we finished each game out strong when we needed to. We served really well tonight.”
Through all the rallies and tough defense by the Eagles, Cerutti mentioned that blocking was a key component in Tuesday’s win due to his team’s height and athleticism.
“Our middles were right there at the net and we played big,” said Cerutti, whose team’s last win came on Sept. 24 in a sweep over Westlake. “The frontline just played very strong in that aspect.”
Cerutti mentioned that though they’ve defeated the Hornets every season in the school’s existence, every team is different each season.
“I give a lot of credit to Great Mills in the match, I think that they are a very great team and they were right there every game,” he said. “They had chances to beat us; they are very strong and disciplined. Every year it could have been the other way around, we just happened to be on the winning end.”
Sophomore middle hitter and setter Breshai Gleaton made her presence felt at the net, registering three kills, two aces, two digs and was 22 for 22 in serving.
“Breshai has a lot of size and she had a major impact. At times, she didn’t even have to jump to tip it over the net,” Cerutti said.
Senior outside hitter Shae Gutrick finished with six kills, five digs and was 9 of 11 in serving attempts.
“We had our ups and downs in the match, but everyone picked up their energy and we made runs in each game,” Gutrick said. “As the senior, I try to keep everyone’s heads up and urge them to stay positive.”
Senior defensive specialist Jamieann Pineda and junior defensive specialist Ciara Lopez collected 15 digs apiece to help spark the Eagles victory.
Great Mills had leads of 17-12 and 19-15 in Game 1, but the Eagles ended it on a 10-2 run. In the following game, the Hornets had surged out to a 17-10 advantage, but North Point tied it at 20. The game was also tied at 24, but North Point won the final two points to take Game 2.
The Hornets (5-2, 3-2) tied North Point six times in Game 3, but North Point took a 21-16 lead and held on to the eventual four-point win.
“We needed to be more consistent,” Great Mills head coach Bill Plotner said. “We couldn’t finish our sets; I think we got rattled by some calls from the officials. We just need to play smart and stay focused.”
Leading the Hornets was Diana Cruz with seven kills and dug up 13 balls off the ground on defense. Great Mills setter Maeghen Heyen dished out 10 assists in the losing effort.
Great Mills hosted Chopticon on Thursday evening, which too ended too late for inclusion into this edition, and will be at Northern for its next match at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
North Point is off until Tuesday when it will host McDonough at 5:30 p.m.
North Point 3, Great Mills 0
Great Mills 21 24 21
North Point 25 26 25