Key tops Rising Sun to take title

November 12, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham LTC | Glenn P. Graham LTC,Sun Staff Writer

A confident Francis Scott Key volleyball team was singing chants and stomping feet on the Owings Mills High gym floor before last night's Class 1A North region championship match ++ against Rising Sun.

The high-fiving, knee-slapping fun didn't stop until the No. 15 Eagles (11-4) all got together about 45 minutes later for a team photo with their new region championship plaque.

In the middle was a convincing three-game sweep of Rising Sun (7-9) that featured strong serving from Ericka Rutzebeck and Kristy Hollman, along with dominant net play from Stephanie Stambaugh and Maureen Ritcey. The scores were 15-1, 15-0 and 15-4.

It's the second straight region title for Francis Scott Key, which advances to the state semifinals Tuesday at Rising Sun against an opponent to be determined.

"All through the regionals they've been very focused, except the first game against Sparrows Point," said Key coach Leo Totten.

"That's what we've worked hard on. We have a young team with just one senior starting, and we're building momentum by just taking it one match at a time."

The Eagles didn't give themselves much time to build any kind of momentum last night.

With the scored tied at 1, Rutzebeck closed out the first game serving the final 14 points. The first six were service winners, throw in another ace, a Ritcey kill and a game-ending block by Amy Brooks.

Totten couldn't say enough about Rutzebeck and Ritcey, the senior leader.

"[Ericka] should be player of the week. She's had around 45 service points in three [region] matches. She's just been awesome," he said.

"Maureen's kept it all together, she just keeps everyone smiling and ready. We're very young and need that senior leadership."

The Eagles blanked the Tigers in the second game with Hollman provided the steady serving to help Key open a 10-0 lead.

The domination continued in the third game with Stambaugh adding two more kills.

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