Anne Arundel Community College's volleyball team has one regular-season match left, tomorrow against visiting Charles, before next month's Region XX tournament at Hagerstown. If the Pioneers win, they will be seeded third.
On Tuesday, they swept visiting Cecil, 15-6, 15-5, 15-9. Elena Baloglou, Cassandra Melton and Lori Sharpless each registered six kills. Baloglou also had four aces, Melton three aces, and Sharpless four digs.
Carrie Parsons finished with seven kills, four block assists and 17 setting assists. Gwen Erlandson contributed three kills and four aces.
"We changed our lineup around a little and it worked real well," said co-coach Betty Hession.
The Pioneers (21-3 overall, 5-2 in region) split two matches Saturday, losing to Goucher, 15-8, 15-1, and defeating Frostburg State, 15-11, 16-14. This is the Bobcats' first year of varsity competition.
Former Anne Arundel hitter Josie Boddy led Goucher Saturday. "She played real well," Hession said. "It's really nice to see one of your old players go to a respected college. She is their team captain and she is a great team leader. We're real proud of her."
Sara Smith and Molly Sullivan each scored three times to lead Anne Arundel to its most lopsided win of the season, 13-0, over Montgomery-Rockville Tuesday. Smith also had three assists, and Sullivan had one.
The Pioneers (5-7-3) were coming off a 5-1 loss to nationally ranked Genesee Tuesday.
Last Thursday, they used a balanced scoring attack to defeat Dundalk, 4-2. Smith, Sullivan, Laura Briedenbach and Lisa Biederman each had a goal.
Sullivan has 11 goals and six assists.
Anne Arundel lost to Montgomery-Rockville, 4-1, Saturday. Matt Brown scored its lone goal.
Nick Badalian leads Anne Arundel in scoring with 14 goals and six assists.
The Pioneers have played six overtime games, including a 3-1 loss to Essex last Wednesday.
Anne Arundel completed the regular season with one loss, to undefeated Charles, in eight matches. The Pioneers, coming off an 8-1 win over Montgomery-Rockville last Friday, begin play in the Maryland JuCo tournament tomorrow at Rockville.
"Anything can happen at the JuCo tournament," said coach Joe Hayes. "Our record doesn't reflect the quality of play in our league. Any player is capable of beating anybody on any given day in our league."
Anne Arundel has spent the week getting ready for Saturday's Region XX championships in Hagerstown.
The men are seeking their third straight title, while the women are trying to win their first. Montgomery-Rockville should pose the greatest challenge to both sides, though the men have beaten Rockville three times this season.
"We really like our [men's] chances," said coach Jim Fontaine. "The women -- we're keeping our fingers crossed."
Fontaine expects Lynn Kurchock to finish in the top five. And Kerry Lindenmeyer "has improved dramatically. She's a solid No. 2 runner for us," he said.
Bobby Downs again should lead the men. He has been running in the 28-minute range.
Shawn Stallings and Pete Dugan have been battling for the No. 2 spot, running in the 31-minute range.
And Craig McKenzie rejoined the team earlier this month to solidify the middle of the lineup. "He's probably the best athlete in the school right now," Fontaine said.
Fontaine was unhappy that Anne Arundel didn't place in the national JuCo rankings in Division III, while Rockville's men are No. 13 and the women are No. 6.
"But all we're interested in are the final rankings Nov. 12," he said.