Owings Mills junior Jennifer Ziomek was so ready to play in last night's Class 1A, Region III semifinal volleyball game, that she beaned assistant coach Kim Glancy with a spike in warm-ups.
Ziomek, who is one of the Eagles' leading hitters and is averaging 3.3 kills, led the Eagles with 12 kills and four aces, as No. 1 seed and host Owings Mills swept the No. 4 seed Sparrows Point Pointers, 15-6, 15-13, 15-12, last night at Owings Mills.
"We had to come in positive," Ziomek said. "We knew we had beaten them two times this season, but we knew we couldn't play them like we knew how they played. It had to be a new start."
The Eagles (14-2) will try to defend their regional title tomorrow at 7 p.m. .
"Sparrows Point is always a scrappy team," Eagles coach Lisa Meyer said. "Every ball you send to them, 99 percent of the time they come back over."
The Pointers almost forced a 1-1 match split, as they took an 8-7 lead in Game 2, but Alison Greenberg and Kathrin Koenig combined for six service points to give the Eagles a 13-8 lead.
The Pointers then forced five consecutive sideouts on Owings Mills' serve and came within 13-14. Ziomek served out the game for a 2-0 lead in the match.