Broadneck edges Severna Park, ends Falcons' 58-match streak

October 01, 1994|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer

Last week, Broadneck coach Tom Cole became so frustrated with some of his starters during a match at South River that he pulled them off the court in the fifth game, which the Bruins lost, 17-15.

He was in a considerably better mood yesterday. How could a win over the three-time defending Class 4A state champions do anything except put a smile on his face?

"I'm really proud of these girls," Cole said, after No. 6 Broadneck had outlasted No. 4 Severna Park, 15-12, 15-7, 7-15, 13-15, 15-12, ending the host Falcons' winning streak in best-of-five matches at 58.

"We were aggressive all the way around, and that's something I've wanted all year long."

Broadneck (5-1) was the last team to defeat the Falcons in a best-of-five match, during the 1990 region playoffs. That victory also came at Severna Park.

There almost wasn't a repeat performance. The Bruins not only squandered a 2-0 lead, they also fell behind, 12-11, in the fifth game.

An ace from Taci Williams tied the score, and a kill by Katie Forthofer (16 kills) put Broadneck in front. Williams served the last two winners, which included a kill by Theresa Koester (nine kills).

"Broadneck could have rolled over and played dead, and they didn't. You have to give them a lot of credit," said Severna Park coach Tim Dunbar, whose team hadn't lost a game in five matches before yesterday.

The Bruins had been in this position before, having won the first two games against South River. But they wouldn't let Severna Park -- which graduated all of its starters from last season -- send them home with the same empty feeling.

"South River was a good learning experience for us," Cole said.

Severna Park (5-1) was hampered by poor serving for most of the afternoon, and its setting was off until Dunbar inserted Kathy Wren (17 assists) in the second game with her team down, 9-0. Wren also helped at the service line, where she was 18-for-19 with six aces.

The Falcons would get no closer than seven points in that game, as Broadneck sophomore Amy Vandehei (eight blocks) -- a transfer from Florida -- dominated play at the net and Severna Park missed eight serves.

Julie Allen (19 kills) led Severna Park's comeback in the next two games, despite playing with a fever that forced her removal from the back row. She had to leave practice twice this week because of her illness and she missed school Monday.

Lauren Butler (eight kills) served six consecutive winners in the third game to erase a 7-4 Broadneck lead. She finished 24-for-28 from the line with four aces.

There were six ties in the final game, which featured spectacular play on both sides. And in the end, experience won out over tradition.

"This might not be the same Severna Park team, but they've still got good quality players and they're still the team to beat in the county," Cole said.

Dunbar was especially unhappy that his team let the Bruins off the hook in the first game after building a 10-7 lead. "There's no way that should happen in your own gym," he said.

As Broadneck proved once before, it can accomplish great things on this floor.

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