Severna Pk. streaks by Perry Hall

September 17, 1994|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

Both Perry Hall and Severna Park ran off streaks in yesterday's match. The difference was in the timing.

No. 7 Severna Park reeled off nine straight points in the first game plus 12 in the second and closed out its 15-11, 15-13, 15-7 volleyball victory at No. 5 Perry Hall by scoring the match's final 11 points.

Severna Park (2-0), the three-time defending Class 4A state champion and winner of 55 straight best-of-five matches (the Falcons lost a best-of-three match in 1992), lacks experience this season, and it showed at times in this match.

The Falcons lost all six starters from last year's state title team, and coach Tim Dunbar said his players are still becoming familiar with each other.

"It was very inconsistent play, but that's to be expected from a young team," said Dunbar.

Passing also caused Severna Park problems at times. But when the Falcons' passing clicked, it was trouble for Perry Hall.

Setter Danielle Kaegel had 28 assists, and the sophomore often hooked up with Lauren Butler at the net. Butler made several big kills, finishing with 12 overall.

"When our passing's there, the setter can set," said Butler, also 12-for-13 serving. "When we concentrate, we can do it."

The Falcons did not do it early, but Perry Hall did. Perry Hall (0-1) jumped to a 7-1 lead in the first game, but Severna Park soon awoke.

Severna Park rallied and, behind the serving of Julie Allen, scored the final nine points of the first game. Allen had a perfect match serving, finishing 16-for-16.

The Falcons used the 12-point run -- nine straight with Butler serving -- for a 12-1 lead in Game 2. But the Gators scored eight straight to cut the lead to 14-13 before Severna Park wrapped up the victory.

Perry Hall scored six straight to take a 7-4 lead in Game 3. Severna Park came back once more, sparked by Cara Voegtlin's eight straight service points to make it 14-7.

Butler helped Voegtlin (15-for-16 with five aces) wrap up the match in style. The junior hitter scored three straight kills, and Voegtlin served three straight aces.

The Gators made Severna Park work for the victory. Jessica Pataki (13-for-14 serving, five aces), Jasmine Gieron (nine kills) and Erica King kept Perry Hall in the match.

During the second game, however, King fell and injured her left ankle at the net and missed the remainder of the match. The severity of the injury is unknown.

Perry Hall lost to Western in the Class 4A region final, and the Gators lost three starters. Still, Perry Hall coach Pam Wilt did not hesitate to schedule Severna Park.

"You schedule the big teams for a learning experience," said Wilt. "This way they can see what they need to work on."

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