Catholic ousts Spalding from league tournament

October 23, 1994|By Kiah Stokes | Kiah Stokes,Contributing Writer

Second-seeded Spalding, the defending tournament champion, was bumped, 3-1, by No. 3-seed Catholic, and top-seeded Mercy beat host Seton Keough, 3-1, in the semifinals of the Catholic League tournament yesterday.

Catholic coach Leo Matanguihan told his team to concentrate and everything else would fall into place. And the Cubs won, 15-8, 2-15, 15-7, 15-2.

"I told the girls they must focus," said Matanguihan. "When you see that a team is down keep them down."

Catholic (12-4) kept the Cavaliers (8-5) down. With hard serves by Michele Chilcote (13 points) and excellent attack at the net by junior Amie Robinson (three kills), the Cavaliers' defense was hurting.

"I knew I had to get in my serves-- serving is important," said Chilcote.

Spalding won the second game 15-2, but with the Cavaliers' lack of offense and the last-minute illness of their co-captain and best spiker Crystal Henderson, Catholic took over.

"We were hoping for the best," said Spalding coach Linda Taylor. "Our team was dead. There was a lack of passing and serve receive. Their serving killed us."

Mercy's serves seemed to clinch its win over Seton Keough.

Coach Jerry Hulla thought his Sharpshooters (8-1) didn't have to do anything out of the ordinary to win-- they just had to play.

"I told the girls to take their time, pass well and serve hard," said Hulla.

Seton Keough (6-8), which was the only team to defeat Mercy this year, won the first game, 15-8, but lost the next two, 15-4, 15-2.

"We felt that the pressure was off of us because we were the underdogs. We could afford to be relaxed, but focused," said Seton Keough coach Karen Janney.

But in the fourth game, the Gators became revitalized.

With back-to-back kills by senior Katie Loovis and her block against Mercy's senior outside-hitter Meg Kline (two kills and two blocks), Seton Keough went up 10-8.

Mercy rallied with a kill from Kline, and an exchange of returns to make the score 13-11.

With the match on the line the Sharpshooters' Kristy Runyan stepped up and made two hard serves.

On Seton Keough's return, Runyan came from the back row for a power dink and the game was over-- 15-12 Mercy.

Mercy plays Catholic for the title today at 2 p.m. at Seton Keough.

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