Edgewood beats Aberdeen in regional semis VTC Volleyball

November 10, 1993|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

Watching Edgewood (15-0) play, it is hard to believe six of the players were on a team four years ago that did not win a game. That is how far the Rams have come under coach Carey Wainwright, who brought a California volleyball background when she took over three years ago.

The improvement has been steady -- third in the Harford County League with a .500 record the first year; a tie for second in the league, a regional bid and a first-round loss to Elkton last year; and now a chance for a Class 2A regional championship.

This was accomplished at home last night, although not without a struggle, as the Rams defeated league rival Aberdeen, 15-2, 15-13, 15-13, in a pairing of the first and fourth seeds.

The result sets up a match tomorrow (7 p.m.) at Edgewood against No. 2 seed and fourth-ranked Loch Raven (12-1), a winner over Catonsville last night.

Edgewood had won the league match with Aberdeen, 15-1, 15-8, 15-2, and there was indication the regional meeting might be more of the same when the home team breezed through the opening game, running off 12 straight points (from six servers) at one stretch.

In the second game, the Eagles put up leads of 9-2 and 13-5 before the home side worked its way into contention. This time, Dawn Rose served four successive points, and after an exchange of serves, team leader Melissa Marzicola, who had served for the final point of the first game, took charge.

The senior's serve accounted for five of the last six points, with only a spike by Kristy Morrison interrupting the string.

The third game was much closer until Rachel Spencer, a left-hander, served three points and opened a 13-8 margin for Aberdeen. On the other side, the ball went to Marzicola, and she served out the match. In the process, the Eagles failed to return serve on the last four points.

"Not up to our potential," Wainwright said of her team's showing.

Edgewood had not played in nearly two weeks, and the coach admitted she did not know whether the long time span had a bearing on the play.

Aberdeen had a bearing on the play, especially when its two 5-foot-11 hitters -- Marika Kreji and Shawna Staten -- got involved, but overall the visitors seemed tentative with their play.

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