Loch Raven needs comeback, tops Edgewood 2A North volleyball

November 12, 1993|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

No. 4 Loch Raven, which had reached an emotional high with its three-game grudge victory over Catonsville on Tuesday night, came back last night and was pushed to the limit by scrappy Edgewood in the Class 2A North volleyball championship.

Loch Raven (16-1) had to come from behind to pull out a 15-13, 13-15, 8-15, 15-4, 15-9 victory at Edgewood (15-1). Each side had had only one five-game match during the season, as Loch Raven had lost to Catonsville and Edgewood had defeated Perryville.

"We have a tendency to have down periods in the matches and, fortunately, we had it early," said Loch Raven's Kelly Powell, at 6 feet, the tallest player on the court.

Raiders coach Carol McPherson said one of her team's strengths is that everybody hits -- and they did. This was particularly true of Powell, 5-11 Shannon Towner and Tiffani Tucker, who is 5-9 with an excellent vertical leap.

As it unfolded, Loch Raven had a better offensive unit, and 12th-ranked Edgewood, with the exception of Perryville. had not seen this level of play all year, got some great defensive play. Erika Pleasant, one of five senior starters for the Rams, was particularly strong.

By contrast, Loch Raven started two sophomores, two juniors and two seniors -- Tucker and Margie Huesman, who had a stellar serving night.

The coaches -- McPherson and Carey Wainwright -- were in agreement that the turnaround came early in the fourth game, where, with Powell serving, the visitors erased a 3-1 deficit with some crisp offensive play and rolled to a 7-3 lead. Later, Tucker served out the match from 10-4.

"I thought we got our rhythm going then," McPherson said. "Even so, they were so quick and got so much stuff back up. They don't have a powerful offense, but it was effective. And, I thought our height was a factor."

The Rams played with a hurting Melissa Marzicola, considered the best player in Harford County, too.

She twisted her back midway through the match and was in obvious pain the rest of the way. Even so, it did not keep the team's leader from making a solid contribution to the effort.

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