The Liberty Lions volleyball team will get a taste of the state tournament tonight when they face Rockville of Montgomery County at 6 at Parkville High School in Baltimore County in the state Class 2A semifinal round.
"We don't know much about them, but we do know they'rebeatable," Liberty coach Helen Derwin said.
The Lions (15-2 on the season) advanced to the state tournament by sweeping Allegany, 3-0, in last week's regional title match.
Derwin was pleased with the way her Lions responded after a sluggish performance in the region semifinals -- a 3-1 victory over North Hagerstown of Washington County.
"They calmed down a lot and stayed at our level. They belong where they are now and I feel we have a good shot at getting to the finals. I think they've learned that regional andstate play is just like a regular match, and if we can stay focused,we should do fine," she said.
If Liberty wins tonight, it will play the winner of the other semifinal, third-seeded Mount Hebron (14-3) of Howard County against second-seeded North Caroline (16-0), at noon Saturday at Catonsville Community College.
In other sports thisweek:
* The Carroll-Howard field hockey all-star game will take place at 6:30 p.m. today at Westminster High.
Liberty's Courtney Vaughn will coach the Carroll County squad -- comprised of 22 seniors from all five of the county's schools.
Members of the Carroll squadinclude Judie Marcus and Cindy Dieterly of Westminster; Erin Eaton and Audrey Van Norman of South Carroll; Gina Christiana and Amy Eggarsof North Carroll; Lisa Yealdhall of Liberty and Dani Deeds of Francis Scott Key.
* The Western Maryland College football team will look to end its season on a winning note when it plays host to Johns Hopkins at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Bair Stadium in Westminster.
The Green Terrors (4-5, 3-3 in the Centennial Football Conference) have dropped four straight, including losing to Swarthmore, 24-21, Saturday.
Senior Eric Frees continued his climb in the record books. His 188 rushing yards against Swarthmore moved him into second place on the NCAA Division III career rushing list with 5,076.
* The Mason-DixonSoccer League regular season comes to a close Sunday with both Carroll teams needing wins to have a chance at postseason play.
North Carroll (4-6) will travel to Frederick County to face first-place Walkersville (9-1), while Westminster (4-6) visits McConnellsburg, Pa. (3-5-2).
Both teams stayed alive in the playoff hunts with wins on Sunday. North Carroll defeated Greencastle, Pa., 5-2, while Westminster edged Frederick, 3-2.
Westminster, North Carroll, McConnellsburgand Frederick (4-6) -- which faces winless Greencastle -- all have eight points on the season with only two playoff spots available.
Field hockey: Carroll-Howard all-star game at Westminster High, 6:30 p.m.
Volleyball: Class 2A state semifinal, Liberty vs. Rockville at Parkville High, 6 p.m.
Football: Johns Hopkins at Western Maryland, 1:30 p.m.