The Anne Arundel Community College volleyball team's home opener Tuesday was a partial success.
The young Pioneers, playing with just one sophomore in the starting lineup, swept Dundalk Community College, 15-0, 15-6, 15-7, but fell to Delaware Tech, 8-15, 2-15.
Because the Dundalk match was a league contest, the teams played a best-of-five format.
Anne Arundel is 2-5 overall going into today's match at Charles Community College. Taylor anticipated a poor start because of the Pioneers' youth and difficult early schedule, but she still expressed her disappointment, especially with the effort against Delaware Tech.
"They have a nice team, but we were out-hustled and out-thought," she said. "They dinked the ball a lot and we weren't ready to move our feet. With all the small players we have, I would expect them to be able to move and play defense."
Anne Arundel's next home match is 3:30 p.m. Wednesday vs. Cecil Community College and St. Mary's College.
NAVY, KELLER GET OFF ON RIGHT FOOT
Navy opened the men's cross country dual-meet season last week with a 16-41 win over LaSalle. The Mids captured the top four places and six of the top 10 finishers.
Sophomore Greg Keller won the meet with a time of 25 minutes, 16 seconds. Senior captain Don Brown was second in 25:32 while junior Frank Flores was third in 25:34.
Freshman Jeff Leunberger checked in fourth, running the meet in 25:37. Other Navy finishes included senior Mike Conover (sixth), and junior Peter Lundblad (ninth).
Navy will travel to Fordham University this Saturday to take on the host Rams, Rutgers University and C. W. Post (N.Y.).
MID WOMEN OUTRUN LASALLE IN OPENER
Senior team captain Kathy Fitzpatrick and classmate Marti Shue recorded the fourth-fastest time on the Naval Academy course last Saturday as Navy's women's cross country team defeated LaSalle, 15-50, in its first dual meet of the season.
The victory marked Navy's 11th consecutive dual-meet victory, dating back to the 1988 season. Fitzpatrick and Shue crossed the finish line together in 18 minutes, 39 seconds to win the race as the Mids claimed the top 10 places.
Senior Liz Fitzpatrick placed third in 18:50 while sophomore Kerry O'Neill finished fourth in 19:19.
Finishing fifth in 19:22 was freshman Laura Heath of Severna Park, last year's state high school cross country champion.
Navy will play host to Duke, Appalachian State and Liberty at 11 a.m. Saturday.
SLUMPING OFFENSE LEADS TO TWO LOSES
A lack of offense once again plagued Navy's men's soccer team as the 2-4 Mids dropped two games last week, falling to the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, 2-1, and Colonial Athletic Association foe James Madison, 4-0.
Senior captain Leon Wilson scored Navy's lone goal of the week against UMBC. It was only the second time the Mids fell to the Retrievers in the 12-game series history.
Against James Madison, Navy surrendered a season-high four goals while taking just three shots in the contest. The game was scoreless through the first half before the Dukes exploded with four second-half goals.
The two losses broke Navy's two-game win streak.
The Mids will travel to the University of North Carolina-Wilmington on Saturday for a 1 p.m. contest.
NAVY SPIKERS 2ND IN UNC INVITATIONAL
Navy finished second in the UNC-Greensboro Invitational over the weekend while the hosts claimed the women's volleyball tournament title.
Navy went 3-1 in the tourney, defeating Wofford (15-8, 15-11, 15-11), St. Augustine, (15-2, 10-15, 15-9, 12-15, 15-8) and Slippery Rock (5-15, 15-11,15-4,15-7). UNC-Greensboro defeated the Mids, 9-15, 15-17, 6-15.
This weekend, Navy (6-2) will participate in the Towson State Invitational at Towson State University, Baltimore County.
POLO SQUAD DROPS EASTERN COMPETITION
Navy's water polo team (8-1) advanced to the finals of the first round of the Eastern Invitational last week, falling to Brown, 10-9, in the championship game.
The Mids won their first three matches, defeating Dayton, 19-5, in the opener, Princeton, 15-6, in the second round, and Slippery Rock, 11-9, in the semifinals.
Junior Jimmy Marks of Davidsonville and Luis Nicolao provided the offensive punch as each scored four goals in the win over Dayton. Elton Parker chipped in with three goals.
Against Princeton, junior Jerry Berman notched three goals and senior captain Tony Sanchez had two.
In the finals, the Mids trailed, 6-5, entering the fourth quarter, but fell farther behind when Brown scored three goals. Brown broke Navy's eight-game season-opening win streak.