Severna Park makes quick work of Western 4A volleyball

November 18, 1993|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Staff Writer

GAITHERSBURG -- The match took only 58 minutes, and if Severna Park coach Tim Dunbar hadn't substituted liberally in the final game, it would have been even quicker.

The defending champion Falcons, No. 1 in The Baltimore Sun poll, inched closer to another Class 4A state championship by defeating Western, 15-1, 15-5, 15-8, last night in a state semifinal at Watkins Mill High.

In the state championship game at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Catonsville Community College, Severna Park will face Montgomery County's Quince Orchard (14-1), which rolled to a 15-6, 15-5, 15-7 win over Prince George's County's Oxon Hill (16-1) in the other semifinal.

"Quince Orchard is good," Dunbar said after watching that match. "It'll be a good match."

The Falcons will seek their third straight title and fifth overall, the first two coming in 1976 and 1978. They are 15-0 this season -- 21-0 including the North Caroline tournament.

Severna Park dominated from start to finish, with sophomore Julie Allen accounting for the final point with a booming ace.

"It was a great experience for our kids, after they got over the sudden shock of nervousness," said Western coach Shirley Williams. "Not many teams get a chance to play a team of Severna Park's caliber. In fact, there aren't many of that caliber. They're sensational."

Severna Park has won 52 straight best-of-5 matches, including playoffs, and 57 of its past 58 games. Opponents have averaged fewer than five points a game.

Williams saw a lot to impress her. She saw Jen Conner's seven kills, Allen's five and Julie Kasprzak's four. She saw Conner's seven serving aces. She saw Allen's four blocks. She saw Holly McKlveen's 12 straight points as a server in the first game.

"Holly is unsung," Dunbar said. "Every game she does something well. She was 15-for-15 serving for the night."

Win or lose in the final, Dunbar says this Severna Park team is his best.

"This team executes so cleanly all the time and simply doesn't make mistakes," said Dunbar, who's in his seventh season. "I've had other teams with tremendous talent, but that made mistakes. From our first player to our 12th, each understands the team concept and works within the framework well."

Western entered the match, Williams said, "excited about the chance to play at this level." Her Doves had won 16 straight since losing their opener to Edmondson, "when we were totally inexperienced."

Two starters, juniors Chanel Wright and Danielle Davis, never had played the sport until this season. Both are top NCAA Division I basketball prospects. The Doves came a long way.

"We have a lot of athletic talent, but little experience," said Williams, in her 11th season. "I expected us to develop into a good team, and a couple of individuals developed better than I thought."

As Dunbar noted, Western is tall (five players 5 feet 11 or taller), quick and athletic.

"We knew they'd be tall and hit the ball hard and put up big blocks," Wren said. "Since they beat Perry Hall, we thought they'd give us a run for our money."

The Doves didn't, and in that respect they have a lot of company this season.

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