No. 2 Loch Raven gets title job done against Perry Hall

November 03, 1994|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,Special to The Sun

Loch Raven's uniforms are purple and gold. Maybe they should be blue -- as in blue collar.

The host and second-ranked Raiders (14-0) controlled the tempo and put in a workmanlike effort, and ended up with their third straight Baltimore County volleyball championship last night, defeating No. 7 Perry Hall (13-2), three games to none.

All three of those county titles have come at the expense of the Gators, the county's 3A-4A champions.

Perry Hall never led by more than two points in the match, and struggled to keep up with the quicker and sharper Raiders the entire night.

"This is pretty typical of the way we play," said Loch Raven coach Carol McPherson, who won her fifth overall county title. "These kids are so determined, and it shows both on the court and off in their classwork. This is the best team I've ever had, and I think their confidence and dedication are the reasons why."

The Raiders were led by seniors Shannon Towner, the Baltimore City/County Player of the Year last season, and Kelly Powell. Towner, a setter, distributed the ball evenly, and led the Loch Raven offense.

"I think that because Shannon is a tall setter, and I'm tall, when we block together we take up a good chunk of the court. We played well together tonight and I think that was a key."

The play at net was another, and the two seniors seemed to spend most of the match there.

"They have a good team, and they just beat us," said Perry Hall captain Jessica Pataki. "They controlled the net, and set the pace all night."

The Gators seemed a little slow getting started, but by the time they went on a four-point run -- their longest of the match -- to close the score to 14-11 in the third game, it was too late.

"We served well, but we didn't pass well and that got us in trouble," said Perry Hall coach Pam Wilt. "They made the passes, and they outplayed us. All six of their players were very consistent. They just had [the momentum] tonight."

Wilt said she likes the idea of a county championship, even though the Gators have come up short the last three seasons.

"We don't see this caliber of play during the regular season," said Wilt, who had only seen her team lose to No. 3 Severna Park before last night. "I think it's good because it prepares us for the regionals."

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