Loud and rowdy.
Westminster's big hitter, Beth Lister, thrives on playing that way, and she loves it when her teammates follow her lead.
Lister and the Owls were at their loud and rowdy best last night in a showdown with North Carroll.
They blitzed the Panthers, 15-10, 15-13, 15-7, to capture the Carroll County and Central Maryland Conference volleyball championships at Westminster.
"I love it when we can get psyched up for a match like this and be loud and rowdy," said Lister. "We've always played better this way, but we kind of got away from it a couple of weeks ago. Tonight, we had all the fans out yelling for us and we responded."
Lister got so pumped up during the match that Owls co-coach Dana Falls had to calm her down.
"I told her to take it easy when she started yelling in the direction of the North Carroll players after a big hit," said Falls. "She got yellow-carded for it in the county tournament at Francis Scott Key, and I didn't want it to happen again."
However, Lister showed another side of her personality after the match and a brief celebration.
She cried in happiness when her parents gave her a photograph that was inscribed with the words: "Vision. Nothing Happens Unless You Dream."
Westminster (15-3) wins the county title with a 6-0 record and the CMC championship with a 10-2 mark. North Carroll (12-4) finished second in the county at 4-2 and second in the CMC at 9-3.
Going into the season, the Owls had not beaten North Carroll in volleyball since 1988, and now they have two match wins in one season.
This was supposed to be another close matchup between 11th-ranked Westminster and 12th-ranked North Carroll, but the Owls needed only 1 hour, 10 minutes to pick up the victory.
North Carroll forced Westminster to a fifth game before the Owls could win in the first meeting at North Carroll Oct. 6.
But last night Westminster showed all the ingredients it will need to be successful in the state Class 4A regionals that begin Friday night. The Owls will meet Montgomery County opponent Churchill at 7 p.m. at Churchill.
Westminster showed power, with Lister coming through with 15 kills, consistent serving from Tara Dorsey, Wendy Fritz, Mary Beth Myers and Jackie Mathias and strong defense led by Tara Haney and Mathias.
"We were as consistent as we've ever been this season," said Falls.
Westminster co-coach Michelle Salafia-Crouse also singled out the defensive effort as being "superb."