No. 1 Centennial cruises past Carver in 3 games Volleyball

November 11, 1992|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer

Baltimore got its first taste of Howard County volleyball yesterday, and it was not pleasant.

Until last night, Carver had enjoyed a fine season. The Bears went 11-3 during the regular season. And in the first year of Baltimore's athletic merger with the state, that was good enough for fourth seed in the Class 3A, Region III playoffs.

Then the Bears came to Centennial to play the top-ranked, top-seeded, undefeated, defending state champion Eagles.

The Bears, outclassed from the start, could not manage a point, or even an offensive rally. Centennial needed 25 minutes to breeze to a 15-0, 15-0, 15-0 victory that, besides sending the Eagles (15-0) to Friday's regional final, illustrated the vast difference between the two school systems regarding the sport.

"We knew how good they [Centennial] were and how big they were. I knew we were in trouble when I saw them warming up," said Carver coach Linda Hollis, who marveled at one of the state's elite programs.

"The spectators, all the parents here, the cameras, their drills, their uniforms, everything is much more than we're accustomed to. When they came out on the floor for introductions, the spectators were cheering for them like it was a basketball game. I have to threaten kids to come and be spectators at my volleyball games."

The Eagles, who have won 34 consecutive matches and are seeking their third state championship in four years, rarely had to exercise their considerable power at the net. They mostly served and watched the Bears fail to return.

Centennial recorded 29 aces, including eight by Sandy Palasek and seven by Carrie Shadrick. Laura Taneyhill had four kills, three aces and a point block. Shannon Saltzman had three kills.

Carver served nine times. Six of them resulted in errors. The Eagles broke the other three.

"I feel bad for them [Carver]. This was humiliating," said Centennial coach Bill Shook.

"I was torn. I told my seniors I was going to let them play during the whole postseason. It would have looked bad if I didn't take them out."

Shook has the Eagles poised to complete their third perfect season in four years. They have lost only two games this fall. For their next act, they will play host to the winner of today's Northwestern-Southern semifinal Friday at 5 p.m.

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