Severna Park sweeps Roosevelt Volleyball

September 21, 1993|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

Severna Park had to wait longer than most teams to begin its volleyball season, and judging by yesterday's opening match, the late start didn't bother the Falcons.

If anything, it may have been a blessing.

With just two starters back and a couple of players at new positions, the second-ranked Falcons needed the extra practice time -- even if it was monotonous.

"With so many new kids, there are advantages of waiting to play, but at the same time, they were chomping at the bit," said coach Tim Dunbar, after Severna Park had swept visiting Eleanor Roosevelt, 15-2, 15-5, 17-15.

"Practice gets old after awhile, and you really don't know what's going to happen in that first game."

Dunbar didn't have to wait long to find out. The opening game lasted just nine minutes, as Severna Park reeled off the first 12 points.

An errant spike by senior outside hitter Jen Conner gave Roosevelt (1-1) its first point, but she later ended the game with a block at the net.

Conner and senior outside hitter Julie Kasprzak -- both All-County selections last year -- are the lone returning starters. Conner, however, was a middle hitter last season.

The team has a new No. 1 setter -- senior Susan Wren, who backed up Jaime Pirotte last year. Sophomore Julie Allen is in the starting lineup after playing on the junior varsity.

In so many ways, this team bore little resemblance to the group that won the last two 4A state championships. But one constant remained: the Falcons again walked off the floor victorious.

The second game took 13 minutes, the first time that Roosevelt showed any signs of life.

Severna Park fell behind 5-2 after two aces from Helen Rhee and a couple of errors. But with senior Holly McKlveen serving, the hosts pulled even at 5, and an ace from Conner gave Severna Park the lead for good.

Wren served out the last nine points. Kasprzak had two kills and Allen had one during the sequence, and Wren added two aces.

Dunbar went deeper into his bench for the third game, and Roosevelt twice was on the verge of winning with leads of 14-13 and 15-14. Instead, Kasprzak ended the match with two consecutive aces.

"It was nice to have some games and not be practicing," said Kasprzak, who had 10 kills and was was 9-for-9 serving with three aces. "After a month of practicing, it got monotonous, but having practiced as much as we did, it kind of helped us because we were able to come together. It was good in the long run."

Wren was 15-for-16 serving with four aces. Senior Nikki Godfrey was 7-for-8 with three aces.

"It's nice to get that first one under our belt and out of the way," Dunbar said.

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