Catonsville too strong in 4th game for Bel Air Volleyball

November 11, 1992|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

Catonsville pulled away from a tenacious Bel Air team in the fourth game to post a 15-10, 15-2, 12-15, 15-10 triumph in the opening game of the Class 3A, Region II girls volleyball tournament at Catonsville last night.

The win sends the Comets (12-1) into the regional final against the winner of tonight's Randallstown-C. Milton Wright match in Bel Air.

Catonsville, a state semifinalist last year, was challenged in the first game, then breezed through the second. When it opened leads of 9-5 and 12-7 in the third game, a sweep seemed imminent.

Bel Air (9-4) charged back on the serving of Cara Asalita and the blocking and hitting of Amy Finlayson. The run ended at 14-12, but following an exchange of serves, the visitors won it on a defensive hit that went out.

The fourth game was close all the way until the home team, with Gabrielle Clark serving, ran off three straight points from 12-10.

Karla Uttenreither, an All-Metro first-team choice last year, was a

dominating player for Catonsville with her power game, but also contributed a solid defensive effort.

"Their defensive set left the middle open, and Gabrielle and Karla were able to work on that," Catonsville coach Debbie Clem said.

Jo Ann Richardson had six aces and missed only two serves, and Clem said, "Besides those aces, she played really well on the back row."

Of the third-game loss, Richardson said, "We lost our intensity from the start of that one. After the first two, maybe we thought it was going to be easy.

"We had worked a lot on coverages the last few days after not having played well in our last few games, and I think we did a better job of it this time."

Connie Hossett, the Bel Air coach, was pleased by her team's effort. The leaders were Finlayson and Karyn Rorick.

"When you play well and lose," Hossett said, "it's not as hard to take as if we had played poorly. It was a good effort."

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