No. 2 Raiders stop Catonsville Sparrows Point moves out, Loch Raven moves on in regions

November 10, 1994|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

It had been nearly two months since Loch Raven's volleyball team visited Catonsville for its season opener, but the Raiders showed last night that they still know how to beat the Comets on their home court.

After winning the first two games, Loch Raven got a wake-up call in Game 3 and responded by defeating No. 9 Catonsville, 15-12, 15-8, 9-15, 15-11, in the Class 2A North Regional semifinal, earning a berth in tomorrow's 5 p.m. regional final at Lansdowne.

The second-ranked Raiders will meet Towson (10-5), which advanced by narrowly defeating Chesapeake-BC (10-3), 3-2, in the other semifinal match, which lasted 2 1/2 hours.

"All of their hitters were on tonight, and ours weren't," said Loch Raven coach Carol McPherson, who led the Raiders to a state championship in 1988. "I thought we were fortunate to win. Our passing was excellent, but our defense was fair."

Loch Raven (16-0), which made it to the state semifinals last year before losing to Glenelg, was paced by the efforts of Kelley Powell, Shannon Towner and Tiggy Stevens. Towner contributed four blocks and four assists, and Powell was a mainstay at the net with 13 kills and eight blocks.

"We have a great defense, but we weren't moving our feet in Game 3 and it hurt us," said Powell. "Once we started moving our feet and digging out balls, the momentum shifted our way and things started going right."

The Comets (12-3), who suffered all three of their losses to the Raiders, dominated the net throughout much of the match with Kristie Deickman and Lori Havrilla combining for 16 blocks. Havrilla, a 5-foot-11 senior hitter, finished the night with 10 kills and eight blocks, and Deickman -- same height, position and grade -- turned in 18 kills and eight blocks for the Comets.

"It's tough to stop Loch Raven defensively because they have so many options," said Comets coach Debbie Clem. "They have one of the quickest defensive teams I've seen in a while, which means we had to pass better than we did to win."

After breezing past the Bayhawks in the first two games, Towson looked as if it would have preferred that Chesapeake play Loch Raven in the region final.

The Generals struggled at the service line and at the net in the last three games before eventually claiming a 15-11, 15-10, 10-15, 13-15, 15-12 victory.

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