Deickman leads No. 9 Catonsville by Owings Mills

October 01, 1994|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

The power of Catonsville hitter Kristie Deickman was electrifying last night.

Deickman registered 13 kills and ruled play at the net as No. 9 Catonsville used distinct height and power advantages to breeze to a 15-4, 15-4, 15-8 victory over visiting and No. 13 Owings Mills in a Baltimore County Class 1A-2A match.

Catonsville (3-1, 3-0) trotted out four starters at least 5 feet 7 -- including three who stood 5-10 or taller. Owings Mills (2-2, 0-1), meanwhile, could put no one on the floor over 5-7.

And that left Deickman with nearly free rein at the net. The 5-11 senior repeatedly pounded Owings Mills with ferocious kills. She finished with 13, missing only three times. "It was a good night for me," said Deickman, also 6-for-7 serving with two aces. "It's always fun to kill. That's the best part."

Due to its lack of height, Owings Mills could not block the Catonsville attack. Therefore, if the Comets got the ball to the net, they often found an easy kill.

The lack of height also put a crimp in the Eagles' offense. Owings Mills rarely got any kills and found it difficult to do anything at the net. Kim Kraus played well for the Eagles, with her aggressive play scoring some points for the visitors.

The advantages Catonsville had in height and power showed up early. After Owings Mills scored the match's first point, the Comets reeled off 13 straight.

Catonsville registered seven kills during that stretch.

In Game 2 it was more of the same. After taking a 3-1 lead, Catonsville used its power to score nine consecutive points and wrap up that game.

The final game was closer, with the Eagles notching six straight for a 7-5 lead, but Catonsville registered 10 of the last 11 to seal the victory.

The Comets passed and set effectively. Trisha Uttenreither and Abigail Clark repeatedly found Deickman and Lori Havrilla at the net. Catonsville finished with 22 kills in 31 attempts.

"We dominated at the net," said Catonsville coach Debbie Clem, who praised Joy Robinson for good serves. "We executed well tonight."

Owings Mills coach Lisa Meyer said the years of success at Catonsville -- championship banners are hung throughout the gymnasium -- may have bothered her team. "No matter how much you tell them not to be intimidated, the tradition and the Catonsville aura of volleyball is something," said Meyer, who played at Catonsville.

The aura certainly is something, but the height was something else. And there was little the Eagles could do about it.

"You can teach skills," said Meyer. "You can't teach height."

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