No. 15 Lansdowne holds off Dundalk 3A North volleyball

November 12, 1993|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,Contributing Writer

It was a little harder for the Lansdowne Vikings the third time.

After defeating Dundalk (10-5) twice in the regular season, the top-seeded Vikings (14-2) took a 2-1 lead in games, then won a back-and-forth final game to defeat the third-seeded Owls, 15-5, 13-15, 15-8, 20-18.

The win gave the No. 15 Vikings the Class 3A North championship, the second time in school history Lansdowne has won a regional title.

The Vikings advance to Wednesday's state semifinals at Charles County Community College, their first trip to that round since 1981.

"We played a very strong game, but we didn't get any points off of their mistakes," Lansdowne coach Jason Dykstra said. "I thought our serving and passing were excellent tonight."

The Vikings won the first game relatively easy, 15-5, but Dundalk used six straight service points by Holly Collins to take a 6-1 lead in the second.

Lansdowne battled back to cut the lead to 14-13 before Chantell Ricko's dink gave the Owls a 15-13 win and evened the match.

The Owls took an 8-7 lead in the third game, but Lansdowne's Kelli Wheeler came off the bench to serve six straight winners to give the Vikings a 13-8 lead en route to a 15-8 win.

Dundalk jumped out to a 14-11 lead in the fourth game before Wheeler and Selina Miller gave the Vikings a 15-14 lead.

The Owls, behind Kelly Carneal and Melissa Rao, used crisp passing to take a 16-15 lead. The game was tied at 18 when a kill by Shannon McGarrigle and a dink by Jamie Schlaich put the game away for Lansdowne 20-18.

"I called them over [during a fourth-game timeout] and told them to stay focused, keep control and play safe. I knew we had excellent servers in Salina and Donna [Crough], so I thought we'd win it," Miller said.

The Vikings, who had beaten the Owls, 3-1 and 3-0, in their previous meetings, did not take Dundalk for granted.

"They played a great game. We decided coming in that we would play them like this was the first time. We started to lose it a little in the second game, but we kept our composure and came back strong," Miller said.

Crough said she agreed with Miller's assessment.

"They played better than the first two times we faced them," she said, "but we were just a little better."

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