Severna Park sweeps Chesapeake, will meet Northern

November 10, 1994|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer

For the fourth year in a row, Severna Park and Northern-Calvert will meet with a championship on the line. No introductions are necessary.

This time, the winner will claim the Class 4A East Region title.

The No. 4 Falcons (20-3) advanced to the final by sweeping No. 13 Chesapeake last night, 15-10, 15-11, 16-14 at Arundel. They will play Northern-Calvert -- a 3-0 winner over Calvert in the other semifinal -- at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Meade.

A victory will keep alive the Falcons' hopes for a fourth consecutive 4A state championship. Northern (22-0) is looking to avenge defeats to Severna Park in the 1990 region final and 1991 and 1992 state finals.

"In five years, they've lost three times, and it's been to us," said Falcons coach Tim Dunbar. "Believe me, they wanted us to win. I guarantee they want to [beat us], especially their seniors. They want to exorcise the past.

"It's not the same team, but it doesn't matter."

Juniors Lauren Butler (12 kills) and Julie Allen (nine kills, 10-for-10 serving) did most of the damage for Severna Park last night. And with starting middle hitter Jodi Blair unavailable because of a sore shoulder, the Falcons needed them to excel.

Melissa Snyder served four aces in the first game, but a sore shoulder forced her to the bench after the second.

Chesapeake senior Becky Adamarczyk had 12 kills, including three early ones in the first game that helped her team to a 6-1 lead. A block by Severna Park's Jennifer Holmes (three kills) tied the score, 7-7, and a setting error by the Cougars put the Falcons ahead to stay.

A block by Sherri Patton and an ace from Butler closed the game.

Chesapeake (12-5) led briefly in the second game, 2-1. Cara Voegtlin served five winners to break a 2-2 tie, and the hitting of Butler and Allen continued to frustrate the Cougars.

"I really thought the second game was ours," said Donna Zemke, who was coaching her last match for Chesapeake. "If we could have gotten our serves in, I think the outcome would have been different."

The Cougars also hung tough in the third game. Laura Henne's serving helped put them in front, 11-9, and with three Severna Park starters on the bench, Chesapeake looked as though it would avert the sweep.

Two aces from Severna Park's Rachael Benton allowed her team to reclaim the lead, 12-11.

Would a similar effort from Severna Park tomorrow be enough to defeat Northern?

"We have to play a lot better," Dunbar said. "You can't come out and be flat like this. It was 7-1 before we started playing. You do that against Northern and it will be 15-1."

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