Key rolls over Owings Mills

F. S.

November 08, 1994|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

Francis Scott Key opened the match by scoring 10 of the first 11 points. The Eagles closed it by scoring 14 of the final 15.

And what they did in between wasn't bad either.

No. 15 Francis Scott Key used good passing, strong play at the net and several streaks to roll to a 15-5, 15-10, 15-4 victory over host Owings Mills in a Class 1A North Region quarterfinal last night.

Francis Scott Key (12-4) comes back to Owings Mills tomorrow at 7 p.m. to play Sparrows Point in the region semifinal.

The Eagles, although inconsistent at times, controlled the match. Their aggressive play at the net forced Owings Mills (5-8) into several errors and sparked their streaks.

Francis Scott Key scored 10 in a row early in the first game, helped by the strong serving of Ericka Rutzbeck (14 service points, five aces overall). Her three aces helped Key jump to a 10-1 lead, and the Eagles coasted from there.

The Eagles did struggle in Game 2, but they opened it with five straight to put Owings Mills in a hole. The final game saw Key score seven straight to take an 8 -3 lead. After Owings Mills scored a point, Key then reeled off seven in a row to close out the match.

'We did what we had to do," said Francis Scott Key coach Leo Totten. "[Staying focused] is the thing we shoot for, to stay focused and play one point at a time."

When the Eagles did that, Owings Mills had problems. Kristy Hollman often set the ball well for Stephanie Stambaugh (14 attacks and five kills) up front. Maureen Ritcey combined with Stambaugh to dominate the net.

Owings Mills had little height, and Stambaugh and Ritcey enabled Key to win many easy points at the net. The Golden Eagles tried to counteract Key's height by working the ball away from the net, but that strategy failed.

"We knew they were real small," said Stambaugh. "We thought we could use it to our advantage."

The Eagles also used good serves to their advantage. Although they didn't serve quite as well as Totten wanted, Francis Scott Key's serves gave Owings Mills trouble.

* North Carroll 3, Allegany 1: Kandi Lippy scored 18 points and had 21 kills and Katy Wilhelm had 10 points and 33 kills as No. 12 North Carroll defeated Allegany in a 2A West region quarterfinal.

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