Severna Park earns top seed Volleyball

November 05, 1993|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

Tim Dunbar would like to take the first game of yesterday's volleyball match against South River, place it under glass and preserve it for eternity. It was a sight to behold.

Flawless serving that included six aces. Perfect sets. Kills from five dif Volleyball

ferent players. And every ball that South River sent over the net came back at twice the velocity.

And the next two games weren't too shabby, either.

"I've got a lot of big-time money players, and when they smell blood they go in for the kill," said Dunbar, after No. 1 Severna Park locked up the top seed in next week's 4A East Region playoffs with a 15-0, 15-2, 15-2 sweep of No. 7 South River.

Jen Conner had 10 kills for the Falcons (12-0). Julie Kasprzak added nine kills and was 9-for-9 serving with three aces. Susan Wren had 22 assists and was 14-for-15 serving with five aces.

Mary Beth Duvall and Pam Patterson had four and three kills, respectively, for South River (12-3).

The first game lasted about 10 minutes. It must have felt like an eternity to the Seahawks.

Nikki Godfrey served six consecutive winners, including four aces. Wren had four service winners, and Kasprzak garnered the last five. Wren, Kasprzak, Conner, Holly McKlveen, and Jennifer Mitchell each had kills.

South River never had a chance.

"Severna Park is in a whole other league," said coach Melissa Diehlmann, whose team led once, 1-0, in the third game. "They have so much talent and it's kind of frustrating. We knew we were going to lose. You have your hopes to at least take a game, but Severna Park has such an aura about them. It's like you're going up against a legend."

Conner dominated the second game with her back-row defense and hitting from the outside. And she made the day's most

spectacular play in the third game, diving to the floor for a dig, then circling around the setter and registering the kill.

She had three straight kills with McKlveen serving in the third game to give the Falcons a 7-1 lead.

"It's now playoff time, so it's Jen Conner time," Dunbar said. "Every single year, as good as she plays during the regular season, she elevates her game at playoff time."

South River also had to contend with the Falcons' 57-for-62 serving and 18 aces. "That is the hardest serving that we've had to face all season," Diehlmann said.

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