Duvall's serves, Patterson's kills give South River championship 2A East volleyball

November 12, 1993|By Pat Overton | Pat Overton,Contributing Writer

A sign of a good team is being able to win more than one way.

No. 8 South River's volleyball team is that kind of team and proved it with a 15-5, 15-10, 15-3 Class 2A East championship win over visiting Northeast-AA last night.

The Seahawks took a 7-1 lead in Game 1 behind the scorching serves of Mary Beth Duvall. All seven points were service aces, and 7-2 was the closest the Eagles got before dropping the game, 15-5.

"Serving is the key to our game," said Seahawks coach Melissa Diehlmann. "When we're serving well, the rest of our game falls together."

The serving wasn't as spectacular in games 2 and 3, but that was when the Seahawks' top hitter, Pam Patterson, stepped up.

Patterson nailed nine kill shots in the second game, helping her team to a 15-10 win.

She did not play her usually active role in her team's semifinal victory Tuesday, but she was up to the task last night.

"I had a good time playing tonight," Patterson said of her 16-kill, three-ace night. "People ask me about the pressure of being the team's hitter, but I don't feel any. Everyone has a role, and this one just happens to be mine."

Northeast made a game effort to get back into the match in Game 3. After falling behind 4-2, a kill and an ace by Casey Czako got the Eagles to within 4-3. But South River got a side out and Patterson hit two aces in a row to help her team pull away once again and eventually sweep the match with a 15-3 win.

"We made a lot of mistakes tonight," said Northeast coach Dan Collins. "We didn't change anything coming into the game, and I don't think we had to. Our fundamentals just weren't up to par."

Duvall got three of her four kills in the third game, two after the Eagles had gotten a side out and were looking to take the momentum of the game.

Duvall was a field hockey player last year, but with the loss of its hockey program, South River gained a terrific volleyball player.

"I was so happy to get Mary Beth," Diehlmann said. "She has all the qualities you look for in a great player as far as her strength and speed. Add that to her serving and you've got someone who can really make things happen on the court."

The region championship was the Seahawks' first in volleyball since 1985, and Diehlmann gave all the credit to the players.

"I'm just thrilled to death for them," Diehlmann said.

"They have improved dramatically over the course of three years, and they deserve it."

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