Centennial volleyball rallies to beat River Hill in five sets

Wednesday, 18 October 2017, 09:30:06 PM. Centennial dominated down the stretch to beat River Hill, improve to 8-1 in county, 9-3 overall
Centennial senior Emily Przybyla couldn’t describe what clicked after blowing a late lead to lose the third set at River Hill Tuesday night. It wasn’t something somebody said or a drastic alteration to the game plan, but instead she defined it as a “feeling” and an “attitude” that built with each point. “I can’t tell you how it works. You feel it,” she said. “It’s a feeling that we all get and suddenly everything is working and we’re talking and it’s just when we come together and our attitude. It sounds silly to say that the attitude and energy on the court is what makes or breaks the game, but all the teams in Howard County are so talented, and on games like this, what really pushed you over is the energy you bring.” After splitting the first two sets, the Eagles blew a 19-14 lead and lost that third stanza after the Hawks inspired the home crowd and finished on an 11-4 run. But you wouldn’t have ever known based on how Centennial dominated the final two games. The Eagles went on an 11-2 run midway through the fourth stanza and cruised into the deciding fifth, where they jumped out to a 9-2 lead and held on to spoil River Hill’s senior night and win in five sets (25-19, 22-25, 23-25, 25-14, 15-9) to improve to 8-1 in Howard County and 9-3 overall. Przybyla, an All-Howard County first-team setter last year, spread the ball around to the tune of 28 assists, most of which found the right arm of Jackie Sterenberg (16 kills). But it was the grit of middle blocker Alex...Read more
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