Glen Burnie exits early on straight-games setback

November 08, 1994|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer

This is what Glen Burnie coach Juanita Milani feared the most: an opponent like Northern-Calvert and an early exit from the Class 4A East Region playoffs.

With the state adopting an open-tournament format this year, complete with a lottery drawing to determine seedings, Glen Burnie's 14-1 record and No. 3 ranking meant nothing. The Gophers, much to their coach's chagrin, were matched against a team that many people consider a favorite to win the 4A state championship.

The Patriots (21-0) looked the part last night, using precision setting by senior Kelly Shipman, accurate serving and its tremendous hitting depth to eliminate Glen Burnie, 15-5, 15-11, 15-5, at Old Mill.

They advance into tomorrow's semifinals, either at Arundel or a site in Calvert County, while Glen Burnie is left with an empty feeling not befitting a team that posted 12 sweeps this year and won the Anne Arundel County championship.

"We got beat by the best tonight," Milani said. "My kids are upset because they don't feel like they gave them a good fight, but they have nothing to be ashamed of. They're a classy team and they'll rebound."

Glen Burnie never got its offense flowing because it spent too much time on the defensive. The result: 17 kills, compared to 39 for the Patriots.

Senior Lisa Cline had 12 kills and was 17-for-19 serving. Juniors Kelly Sampson and Nicole Silver each had six kills, and senior Taryn McDonald had four. Shipman had 23 assists, and 52 of her 55 sets were good. Senior Melanie Kriner was 12-for-12 serving with five aces.

Shipman set Cline for a kill to begin the match. A kill by Silver later moved the Patriots ahead, 6-5, and Kriner served the last eight winners, including four consecutive aces.

Glen Burnie built a 10-4 lead in the second game, but Cline served eight straight winners, Silver and Sampson continued to pound the ball into vacant spaces, and Northern withstood its toughest challenge of the evening.

"We still couldn't get the ball to our hitters," Milani said. "We were hanging with them, but we certainly didn't have the edge, even at 10-4."

Jackie Canning served seven consecutive winners to wipe out a 1-0 deficit in the third game. Cline had the last two kills of the match, and Northern had another victory -- one that took less than an hour to complete.

Amy Hutson was 11-for-11 serving and had six kills. Heather Hutson was 9-for-9 with one ace and five kills. Denise Warren was 9-for-10 with one ace and one kill. Stacey Ellenberger was 7-for-7 with one ace and two kills. Megan Matukonis had three kills.

* Severna Park 3, Queen Anne's 1: Juniors Julie Allen and Lauren Butler had 23 and 21 kills, respectively for Severna Park (19-3) as the Falcons defeated Queen Anne's (16-1) in a 4A East region quarterfinal.

* Broadneck 3, Poly 0: Theresa Koester had 16 points and nine aces to lead host and No. 8 Broadneck (12-3) over Poly in a 3A East region quarterfinal.

* Northeast-AA 3, Forest Park 0: Setter Jamie Johnson served five aces and added 10 assists as Northeast-AA (8-6) beat Forest Park (12-3) in a 2A East region game.

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