Severna Park ousts Northern of Calvert 4A East volleyball

November 13, 1993|By Pat Overton | Pat Overton,Contributing Writer

Last night's Class 4A East Region volleyball final ended with No. 1 Severna Park winning three games to none over visiting Northern of Calvert, but that score was not indicative of the quality of play.

The Falcons (14-0) continued their quest for a third straight 4A state championship, getting past the team it had faced in the last two state finals. The Patriots (15-1) fell by scores of 15-2, 15-10, and 15-11.

"We were ready for this game," said Severna Park coach Tim Dunbar. "We wanted to jump on them early and put them away, and this team has the ability to do that to just about anybody."

The putting away started early in Game 1. Susan Wren gave the Falcons their first lead of the night on a kill shot for a 3-2 lead. Then, with Nikki Godfrey serving, Jennifer Mitchell blocked a spike for a 4-2 lead and Godfrey followed with three straight service aces and a 7-2 lead.

When the Falcon servers weren't acing the Patriots, they were disrupting them enough that the Northern hitters Lisa Cline and Joanne Marshall couldn't get on track. Severna Park took Game 1, with Julie Kasprzak's kill shot as the final point.

"I think we were definitely intimidated in that first game," said Northern coach Cheryl Lord. "We loosened up a little in the other games, but I think the hype got to us in the early going."

Northern played better in Game 2 but still made several unforced errors. Severna Park won three straight points for a 6-1 lead on a hit out and net hit by Taryn McDonald and an ace by Mitchell.

The Patriots got as close as 11-9 later in the game thanks to two great blocks by Marshall and a kill by Kristin Miller. But Jennifer Conner scored three kills down the stretch to lead the Falcons to the win.

Northern seemed to get on track for Game 3, building a 10-5 lead. But the Falcons stormed back behind the serving of Mitchell. An ace and three misplays got the Falcons within one until Northern got the lead back to 11-9 on a Falcons miscue.

Then with Conner serving, Wren made a big block and Kasprzak killed to knot the score at 11. Northern got a side-out but a Kasprzak kill took the ball right back. Kasprzak blocked again to give the Falcons the lead and Godfrey nailed two more aces to put them up 14-11. Kasprzak ended the match three plays later with her team high 18th kill of the night for the clinching win.

Kasprzak was the leader for the Falcons last night but was capably backed up by Conner's 13 kills and Wren's 32 assists, not to mention the five aces by Godfrey.

For Northern last night ended what had been an undefeated season, the third year in a row the Patriots would drop their final match of the season to the Falcons. The Patriots were led by Cline's 12 kills.

"You won't see volleyball played much better than you saw tonight," Dunbar said. "It's just too bad we had to meet in the regionals because both teams are outstanding."

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