Owings Mills repeats in 1A, Region III 15-2 'surprise team' defeats Fallston

November 14, 1992|By Tara Finnegan | Tara Finnegan,Contributing Writer

The Owings Mills Golden Eagles successfully defended their Class 1A, Region III volleyball title last night, defeating Fallston, 15-8, 15-4, 15-10, to advance to the state tournament.

Not bad for team whose coach wasn't expecting much for the season after losing five of six starters to graduation.

"I thought if we would win about four games and if we could break even at .500, I'd be thrilled," Owings Mills coach Lisa Meyer said. "But with every match I kept thinking more and more that this is a good team. We can play with just about everybody."

The Eagles, who at 15-2 boast the best record in school history, took the first game as junior Jennifer Ziomek served back-to-back aces to clinch it, 15-8.

Ziomek, the Eagles' lead hitter with 13 kills, served out the final five points of the match.

"I thought [Andrea Levy] played well, and Jen Ziomek played as well as I've seen all season," Meyer said.

The Cougars challenged the Eagles by slowing the tempo because of the Eagles' fast-paced style.

"We usually have a hard time with slower teams because we play down to their level," Owings Mills co-captain and setter Andrea Levy said. "But we beat our 1A rival Sparrows Point on Wednesday, and we were really ready to win tonight."

Trailing 3-0 in the second game, Levy served eight straight points to give Owings Mills (15-2) an 8-3 lead over the Cougars (8-7).

"I served horribly the other night [against Sparrows Point]," Levy said. "I knew coming into tonight I had to improve my serve."

Fallston was led defensively by 6-foot-1 senior Cheryl Houlik, who had five blocks, and Tracy Pasel, who had four kills.

In the third game, senior Alison Greenberg had seven service points to pace the Eagles.

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