Loch Raven upsets Perry Hall for title

November 08, 1992|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

Loch Raven's Christina Bhanos had 13 kills as the No. 9 Raiders stunned No. 3 Perry Hall, 15-4, 15-11, 15-5, for the Baltimore County volleyball championship last night at Loch Raven.

In a match that was expected to be much tighter, the Raiders (13-1) needed only about an hour to defeat the Gators (14-1).

"We just looked super," said Raiders coach Carol MacPherson, whose squads also won county titles in 1984 and 1988.

"I know [Perry Hall] was nervous, because all the pressure was on them. They were ranked higher, they come from the bigger school and they've never won the county championship."

The Gators, who had upset Broadneck and Catonsville earlier in the season, looked intimidated at the start of the match and never settled down. They managed only eight points the entire match off a usually balanced and powerful offense. Half of those points came on service aces.

"We did not pass well tonight," said Perry Hall coach Pam Wilt, "and when we don't pass well, we can't run our offense. We never got started.."

The Raiders played outstanding defense even though they lost their top blocker, Keyne Johnson, to a knee injury in Friday night's practice. Amy Haukdal filled in and Bhanos also had some key blocks.

The pivotal point of the match came midway through the second game. Perry Hall tied the game at 8 on one of Loch Raven's few bad passes, but Lori Johnson hit the ball into the net to turn it over.

The Raiders capped a three-point run when Bhanos and Kristine Moraski blocked Johnson's next hit. With the Raiders up 11-8, Wilt called a timeout, trying to break the momentum.

Perry Hall got to 11-10 and 12-11, but a Bhanos kill and Diane Harnek's excellent serving helped clinch the second game with three straight points.

The third game was no contest as Loch Raven rolled to a 10-1 lead before winning, 15-4.

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