Westminster outlasts Key for tournament title

October 09, 1994|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

For Francis Scott Key coach Leo Totten, it was easy to see why Westminster walked away with the championship in the first Carroll County Volleyball Tournament.

"It just depends upon who makes the least mistakes," said Totten. "Westminster made the least mistakes."

No. 13 Westminster played a consistent all-around match and, after a slow start, pulled away to defeat Francis Scott Key, 15-12, 15-3, in the tournament's championship match yesterday at Westminster.

The tournament had a round-robin format. Each of the five county schools played a two-game match against the other four schools. The two with the best record (in games won) would make the finals, and Westminster and Francis Scott Key both finished at 6-2, ahead of No. 10 North Carroll's 5-3.

Key had some momentum coming into the final round -- a best two-of-three. The Eagles swept North Carroll, 16-14, 15-13, to make the championship round. Then, at the start of the first game against Westminster, the Eagles took a 6-2 lead.

After that it was all Westminster, as the Owls won 28 of the match's final 37 points. The Owls got strong performances from Beth Lister, Tara Dorsey and Carisa Cook.

"We told them if they serve and they pass well, they usually win," said Michele Crouse, who coaches Westminster with Dana Falls. "They were very consistent."

Both teams were tired after nearly seven hours of volleyball, but the Owls seemed to have a little more left. And as Key became more and more fatigued, the mistakes began coming faster. Over half of the Westminster points in the second game came from Key errors.

Totten's Eagles played strong, especially early in the match. Maureen Ritcey and Stephanie Stambaugh did well at the net, but Westminster soon recovered.

L "We wanted it, we went after it and we got it," said Lister.

Francis Scott Key needed to get past North Carroll to make the final round. North Carroll had won its first five games and could have clinched a berth in the final round by winning its second game against Westminster.

The Panthers, who won the first game 15-12, took a 7-1 lead in Game 2 but Westminster rallied for a 15-13 victory. North Carroll then only needed to split its two games with Key to make the finals, but the Eagles swept and advanced.

The loss in the final round did not disappoint Totten. Key is the lone Class 1A school in Carroll County and making the championship left the coach a happy man.

"We have nothing to be ashamed of," said Totten. "I think it was great. It shows we can play with anybody."

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