Wright gets past Randallstown Girls volleyball

C. M.

November 12, 1992|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

In the 11 previous years Bonnie Fry had been coaching girls volleyball at C. Milton Wright, she had taken teams to the regionals eight times, always as the fourth seed, and lost every time.

That streak came to a screeching halt last night, as the host Mustangs, seeded No. 2 this year, got past Randallstown, 15-10, 15-9, 15-13, but it was a struggle.

C. Milton Wright, 15-0 and ranked No. 9 in The Baltimore Sun poll, will play at No. 1 seed Catonsville (12-1) tomorrow.

Randallstown (10-4) went ahead 6-1 in the first game and was caught at 10. Wright, behind the serving of Lissa Leiter, jumped ahead 7-1 in the second and was not headed. In the third, down 7-1, the home team rallied but did not draw even until 11.

"Inconsistent serving has plagued us all year, and that was the difference this time," said Randallstown coach Wendy Good. The visitors got a strong game from their top player, Ilyse Cramer, but there was not enough help.

It was still either side's game with the visitors ahead, 13-12.

From there, Carin Gorrell, who had had problems serving up to that point, took charge. She served the three straight points, capping the performance with a match-ending ace.

"That's characteristic of our team," Fry said. "Never mind what happened before, just go out and do it right this time."

Leiter, who missed only one serve, said she knows the team depends on her in those [serving] situations.

"When I serve, I think, 'This is going in,' " she said. "I play for each point and don't worry about the score."

Then, to emphasize the togetherness that has played such a vital role in the team's reaching this level, she said: "Being down doesn't bother us. We've been there before and come back. We have an inner strength."

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