Tired Loch Raven exhausts Towson

November 12, 1994|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

It's a good thing Loch Raven's No. 2-ranked volleyball team still was groggy from Wednesday night's match with Baltimore County rival Catonsville, or yesterday's Class 2A North region final could have been even uglier for unranked Towson.

Playing on legs that Loch Raven coach Carol McPherson said looked "stuck to the court," the Raiders wore down the Generals with their superior size and skill before winning in straight games, 15-10, 15-2, 15-6.

"It was obvious that the girls were still tired from Wednesday's match," said McPherson, whose team will meet the West region winner in Monday's state semifinal match at Catonsville High School. A win there would put the Raiders in next Saturday's state final game at Catonsville Community College.

"We never hit that many serves in the net, but that's a characteristic of what happens when your legs are tired."

The Raiders took a 10-0 lead in Game 1, but that margin slowly diminished as Lisa LaRosa pulled the Generals back to 10-6.

"We knew we weren't going to overpower this team, and for us to score we had to find the holes and we started to do that in the first game," said Towson coach Chris Krastel. "Then we tried to go for power, and you can't do that against this team."

The Raiders (17-0) went up 14-6 in Game 1 after an ace by junior Jebry Simon but then had to earn side out nine times before Towson handed them the game on a carrying call.

Back-to-back aces by senior Emily Meise, including one that hugged the right line, put Loch Raven ahead 9-1 in the second game and long setting pass from Shannon Towner helped set up a vicious spike by Tiggy Stevens, a junior who finished the day with six kills and a block.

Towson (10-6) took a 5-4 lead -- its second and final one of the match -- on a Jessica Clerkin ace, but Loch Raven came storming back and led 8-5 following two kills by Jaclyn Shields (four kills) and an ace by Meise (four kills).

For the second time in the past 48 hours, senior Kelley Powell was a force to be reckoned with at the net. Powell's eight kills put the Raiders up 13-6 in Game 3 and her ninth and final one helped set up Stevens' match-ending ace.

"I'm glad they won, but I thought they only played fair," said McPherson, cradling Loch Raven's region champion plaque. "They played like they were tired."

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