Liberty's late surge spikes N. Carroll Volleyball

October 07, 1992|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

Tenth-ranked Liberty scored the final 11 points in the fifth and final game to grab a hard-fought, 15-11, 15-8, 12-15, 11-15, 15-10 volleyball victory over host North Carroll last night.

Liberty (7-1 overall, 3-0 in county, 6-1 in Central Maryland Conference), which had been four points away from a three-game sweep two games earlier, fell behind 7-1 in the fifth game and needed to score the final 11 points to pull out the win.

In the end, though, all Liberty coach Helen Derwin could do was shake her head.

"We shouldn't have won that at all," said Derwin. "That was the worst my kids have played."

Errors by North Carroll (4-4, 2-1, 2-3) helped Liberty in the end, as they had most of the night. Six of those final 11 points came as the result of a North Carroll miscue. The final point came on an Emily Hall ace.

"We don't have a killer instinct," said North Carroll coach Linda Richards. "We get a lead on teams, and we let them back."

Liberty struggled, too, but made key plays in the end.

Each key Lions streak was helped along by the miscues. At one point in Game 3, the Lions scored nine straight points off Panther mistakes to turn an 8-2 deficit to an 11-8 lead.

The Lions scored 10, 11 and seven points from mistakes in the three games that they won. North Carroll hung in, however, often behind the good serves and powerful kills of Joy Huber.

Huber practically carried North Carroll at times in the third an fourth games. Her laser-like left-handed kills boosted the Panthers to the two victories.

Liberty, which lost to Mount Hebron in last year's Class 2A stat final, got good results from the serves of Cailin Lawler, Laura Veise and Kari Myers all night.

Derwin also credited Lawler and Chrissy Primavera with stron play at the net to spark the fifth-game comeback. Katie Barkley also helped in the final game.

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