Broadneck's inexperience costs it in loss to Good Counsel

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By James Wagner
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, September 21, 2010; 11:26 PM

Broadneck senior Adrienne Gebele knows state titles. Since she moved from Michigan two years to the Annapolis school, the Bruins have won two consecutive Maryland 4A volleyball and softball titles.

The bulk of those teams, however, have graduated. And Gebele along with co-captain Alli Graf, a junior, must now lead young No. 10 Broadneck if they hope to defend their three straight championships.

After a Tuesday night loss, 25-23, 25-18, 25-18, to No. 2 Good Counsel in Olney, the Bruins showed some of that inexperience in missed balls and some miscommunication. The team, which has only two seniors, started two sophomores.

"We are a really young team and we're still figuring things out," said Gebele, who finished with seven digs, three kills and two blocks. "I think it was a good thing how strong we came out. I think we kinda surprised ourselves there. But there are definitely some think we need to work on."

In the loss, however, Broadneck also showed some of why the program has won six titles in the past 11 years. In the first set, the Bruins hung with the talented Falcons, at one point leading by four points. Then Good Counsel leaned on seniors Francesca Emanuele (six kills and one dig) and Meagan Donohoe (six kills and two digs) to pull even and then ahead for good.

Good Counsel Coach Karen Kart has been toying with her lineup, using a different one for each game this season, to develop her team's depth and versatility. The Falcons (7-0) play a longer season than the Maryland public schools.

"We're going to keep doing that until we find what works," she said. "So for right now, I'm kinda happy that we can push through different lineups that are brand new. I think it says a lot of the girls volleyball knowledge and their perseverance."

For their opening game, Broadneck's blocking was strong and cohesive to start. At times, their athleticism and defense shined. So for Gebele, with some more work, it could add up to another exciting end to the year.

"I'm taking it one game at a time," said Gebele, an Ohio recruit in softball. "I think we're going to take it as far as we can. If we just keep playing hard and once we figure out our few little glitches, I think we could have a nice run."

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