Arundel CC overcomes Catonsville Pioneers win finale

playoffs next week

November 06, 1992|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

One minute, Anne Arundel Community College was playing '' some of its best volleyball of the season. The next, it was struggling just to stay close to visiting Catonsville Community College.

The good eventually outweighed the bad, as the host Pioneers emerged victorious, 15-4, 11-15, 15-7, 15-13, over Catonsville yesterday in their final match before next weekend's Region XX Tournament.

Anne Arundel (23-11) put forth a balanced effort, as the numbers clearly show.

Jessica Maczis, a sophomore hitter from Meade High, had 10 kills and nine digs. Leesa McMickle (South River) added nine kills and 14 digs, and Marlene Oltman (Annapolis) had 18 digs and 20 setting aces.

Penni Woolford (Queen Anne's) contributed nine kills, nine digs and 11 solo blocks, and Josie Boddy (Arundel) added seven kills and 17 digs.

"That's what we have to do to even have a chance at regionals. Everybody has to be on," said Pioneers coach Bee Manley.

Catonsville didn't look like it had much of a chance after the first game, which Anne Arundel dominated from the beginning. But the Cardinals recovered nicely in the second game behind some overpowering hitting to lead, 11-5, before the Pioneers made it close in the end.

"They have really strong serves and they were forcing us to make tight passes and the setter couldn't really do much with them," Maczis said.

Boddy said: "We got in a slump, more or less. We knew they were going to come back."

In the third game, Anne Arundel trailed in the early stages before moving ahead 8-6 with Wendy Scheleur (Northeast) serving. Woolford had three kills and a block in the game, which ended with Scheleur (14 digs) again at the service line.

Both teams appeared to tire during a lengthy fourth game. The lead changed hands six times, and the Cardinals built the largest margin at 12-8. A Maczis kill returned service to Anne Arundel, which went ahead for good, 13-12, on the second of three straight Catonsville unforced errors.

The Pioneers led, 14-12, when a kill from Catonsville's Tammy Jowanowitch set up a wild finish.

Twice, Boddy came within inches of ending the match, only to have a Cardinals player make a spectacular return. Both sides continued to exchanges services until Boddy planted an ace just inside the back line.

Melissa Dombkiewicz (St. Mary's) had three of her five kills in the last game, with each returning service to Anne Arundel.

"We needed a pickup," Boddy said, "and I think this match was it."

Manley said: "The girls really seem to be gelling again. At the beginning of the season, we were playing well, and then we had a real slump. Everyone seemed to be off their game.

"Now, we seem to be on the upswing."

The Pioneers already had beaten the the Cardinals once, in the Catonsville Tournament last month.

"We knew they wanted us bad after the tournament," Maczis said. "And chances are we'll meet them in the regionals."

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