Gators, Doves make the most out of tournament experience

October 09, 1994|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writer

DENTON -- No. 8 Perry Hall and unranked Western came here looking for the same thing -- experience.

Against some of the state's premier volleyball teams, both the Gators and the Doves found most of the competition a little too hot to handle at the eighth annual Bulldog Classic tournament at North Caroline High School yesterday.

Perry Hall won three of eight games in preliminary pool play while the Doves dropped seven before capping off the day with their only win.

"It's a wonderful experience," said Western coach Shirley Williams. "We're only allowed to play 15 matches under MPSSAA rules and we have 14 league matches. I try to get them in this tournament just for the experience of playing that style and that level of volleyball."

The 15-team tournament included four teams ranked in The Baltimore Sun's Top 15 -- No. 1 Centennial, No. 4 Mount Hebron and No. 6 Severna Park -- as well as highly regarded Northern of Calvert County.

"The nice thing about a tournament like this is we get the competition," said Gators coach Pam Wilt. "We find out that we're not the best team around."

Perry Hall swept James M. Bennett 15-9, 15-13. It also took a game from Queen Anne's, 15-9, before dropping the second one, 8-15. It fell in both games to Bohemia Manor and Northern.

The Doves, who improved on last year's 0-8 performance,

capped off their day with a 15-11 win over North East after falling 6-15. Mount Hebron, Severna Park and Richard Montgomery all swept the Doves.

"We just wanted to come down here, get the experience, play against some of the best girls and learn from them," said Western's Chanel Wright, who led her team along with Danielle Davis, LaShawn Criswell and setter Chandra McClean.

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