Mustangs Alone Wear Volleyball Crown

October 21, 1990|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff writer

Thursday, C. Milton Wright's boys volleyball team seemed to take a quantum leap back to Oct. 17, 1989.

Once again, they had to a chance to win the county title outright if they knocked off John Carroll in the season finale. Last year, the Mustangs lost the deciding match and landed in a three-way tie with John Carroll and Bel Air.

Thursday the Mustangs were within a game of sole possession of the title when the ghost of October past began to dog them. The John Carroll reprise was short lived, however. The Mustangs won the match, 15-1, 15-3, 12-15, 15-3 to cap an 8-0 regular season. That gave the Mustangs sole possession of the county title, which they had shared with John Carroll (6-2) two of the past three years.

"We made a pact at the beginning of the season that we were not going to let the frustration happen again this year," said Mustangs coach Bill Lang.

Although they did not have tremendous power, the Mustangs used good blocking and scrappy back-row defense to hold off the Patriots. Four-year veterans Kip Haswell, Scott Cooper and Barry Miller lent consistency to the starting lineup that included two first-year players.

"This is one of the best feelings I've ever had," said Haswell after the victory. "And it was even better since they stole it from us last year."

Only some scrappy defense of their own prevented John Carroll from being swept in three games.

The Mustangs rolled through the first two games mostly by taking advantage of John Carroll mistakes.

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