Severna Park wins 58th straight with sweep of S. River

September 29, 1994|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer

It's becoming more difficult for Severna Park volleyball coach Tim Dunbar to gauge his team's ability.

The Falcons will look incredible in one match, and inexperienced the next. But one thing remains constant.

They keep winning.

Yesterday, No. 4 Severna Park used the strong hitting and serving of senior Julie Allen and junior Lauren Butler to sweep No. 14 South River, 15-8, 15-12, 15-10, in Edgewater.

Allen and Butler each had 10 kills. Butler also was 18-for-20 serving, and Allen, who sat out most of the third game, was 15-for-16.

Severna Park, winners of the last three 4A state championships, trailed in each game, including 10-4 in the second and 4-0 in the third.

"This was one of those ones where they started out really well, and then that youthfulness started to show," said Dunbar, whose team hasn't lost a game in five matches despite having six new starters.

"They panicked a little bit, got a little nervous. And they were doing things they haven't done for a while. You could just see them dropping back into their old habits and not really thinking through what they're supposed to be doing out there."

The end result, though, was Severna Park's 58th consecutive win in a best-of-five match.

Poor serving contributed to the Seahawks' demise. They committed 11 service errors in the first and third games, and eight in the second.

"We weren't functioning as a team today," said first-year coach Maureen Carter. "They hustled, but it wasn't a total team effort. They had good spurts, real good rallies, but we just fell short.

"I think, talent for talent, we're matched up with Severna Park. It's a shame we're not going to face them again."

South River (4-2) scored the first point of the opening game, but began making mistakes at the net and eventually fell behind, 10-3. The Falcons led, 12-8, when Butler served the last three winners, including two aces.

Kills by South River's Maura Smith (nine digs) and Mary Beth Duvall (10 digs) and some poor hitting by the Falcons broke a 4-4 tie and staked the hosts to their biggest lead of the day. Butler then served four straight winners -- including a block by Jodi Blair and a kill by Allen -- and Severna Park crept back. Two kills by Allen and one by Cara Voegtlin closed the second game.

In the third, Smith served South River to a 4-0 lead, but the Falcons eventually went in front to stay, 10-9. Butler had two aces to extend the lead to 14-9, and when the Seahawks were unable to return a serve from Blair, the match was over.

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