The Good Guys demonstrated why they were the best team this year in the Carroll County Men's Volleyball League last Wednesday night at Westminster's East Middle School.
The squad, whose players come from Carroll and surrounding counties, warmed up by sweeping the two-game semifinal from Crime Time Security, 15-5 and 15-9.
They then made short work of Carroll Chiropractic in the best-of-five championship match, 15-10, 15-7, 15-11.
The Good Guys have won the league's regular and postseason titles two consecutive years.
They topped the Rookies, 15-6, 15-9, in their preliminary playoff match Dec. 15 before the semifinal match against Crime Time.
The opening game against Crime Time was tied 4-4 before the Good Guys reeled off an 11-1 burst. The Good Guys' Jeff McKee started it when he banged a spike off two defenders to make it 5-4, and then blocked a spike for 6-4. Gary Simpler's service ace made it 7-4.
The Good Guys' height and blocking superiority then took over and Crime Time was unable to score on a spike the rest of the game.
Crime Time was stronger at the net in the second game with Herb Knapp and Mark Fine blocking and providing muscle up front.
Crime Time took a 6-5 lead in the second game, but two hits by Rick Lee and a Dean Douglas spike put the Good Guys up 8-7, and they never trailed again.
The victory set up the championship match against Carroll Chiropractic, which split six regular-season games with the champs.
A couple of missed spikes and a Bernie Walsh service ace put Carroll up 3-0 before the Good Guys, using strong blocking, scored six straight points.
But they then began playing sloppily, and two calls for carrying and a Mike Bossom service ace tied it 6-6.
The Good Guys' net strength again asserted itself as Simpler's spike made it 7-6, Rick Banvard hammered home another point, and Carroll missed several shots at the net.
Lee then floated a lob into the unprotected middle of the Carroll defense to make it 13-6 before two Walsh blocks brought it back to 13-8. Carroll then fought gamely to hold the winners there before McKee's spike finally ended it.
The second game was easier for the Good Guys, who raced to a 7-0 lead. Carroll, which had to rely on two or three players for most of its muscle, fell behind 12-5 before Bossom and Kurt Jones scored on spikes late in the contest.
Carroll was not ready to fold,though down 2-0 in games.
The underdogs came out hard in the third game and played their best volleyball of the night. Kurt Jones scored on a spike and blocked a GoodGuys hit as Carroll took a 3-0 lead.
The Good Guys retaliated with an 8-1 spurt keyed by a McKee ace, several missed Carroll spikes, and some good blocking by Simpler, Billy Mitchell and Douglas.
Sean Criswell then led Carroll back, scoring on a spike, block and a dink, the latter deftly lobbed into the unprotected center of xTC the Good Guys' defense, tying it at 9.
Carroll captain Jim Brown dropped a shot along the left baseline to put his team ahead for the last time, 10-9.
* Carroll County women's volleyball league: The Waves were finally beaten in a game in Thursday night's Women's Volleyball League postseason tourney final after going without a loss in the regular season and sweeping Marada Industries, 3-0, in its semifinal match.
But Leisure Racquetball Club's 16-14 opening-game win in Thursday night's best-of-five championship showdown was probably more of a wake-up call for the 30-0 regular-season champs than a threat.
The Pennsylvania-based Waves swept the next three games, 15-6, 15-8, 15-4.
The winners finished with a record of 36-1.
Leisure, second during the regular season, had qualified for the finals by topping Oakland and Tannery Manor in playoff matches.
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