By the third game of yesterday's Class 3A East regional semifinal against No. 1 and host Centennial, Broadneck's intermission high-fives became less spirited and their claps half-hearted.
Broadneck coach Tom Cole could see that Centennial's clinic in the first two games had taken the Bruins out of the playoffs.
With the exception of uncharacteristic errors in the third and final game, Centennial had little problem advancing past eighth-ranked Broadneck, 15-4, 15-13, 15-10.
Centennial (20-1) will play host to county rival and sixth-ranked Mount Hebron (14-5) in tomorrow's 3A East regional final at 6 p.m.
Centennial, winner of eight of the last 11 Howard County titles, defeated the Vikings in two regular-season meetings.
Cole praised Centennial, saying the Eagles passed well, "right to their setter [Sheri Kujawa]. They're the first team we played this year that was able to run a multi-layered offense and they blocked the heck out of us."
After falling behind 4-2 early in Game 1, Centennial gained the lead 5-4 on a dink by senior Kelly West (15 attacks). With senior Chrissy Sfabanos serving, the Eagles received a host of kills from Kujawa and senior Krisha Svehla as Centennial raced to a 15-4 Game 1 advantage.
"Any good team has at least one real good hitter like Krisha and can defense by putting a good blocker on her," said Centennial coach Mike Bosom.
"Broadneck couldn't do that because we were getting such a great game out of Kelly West."
While known for her dominance at the net, Svehla (18 service winners) was instrumental from the baseline in a 15-3 march through Game 2 as she served out the final 11 points.
Centennial broke out to an 8-2 advantage in the third game and appeared headed for a quick match when Broadneck's Amanda Barchanowicz served four winners thanks to four straight unforced errors by the Eagles.
Broadneck pulled to within 8-7, but would get no closer as Centennial junior Katie McCulloch set West for the winning kill.