C. Milton Wright falls to No. 15 South Carroll

November 15, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

LA PLATA -- South Carroll High School showed few of the skills that got it to the state Class 3A volleyball semifinals, but what it had was enough to dispatch C. Milton Wright, 15-13, 15-9, 15-8, at La Plata High School last night.

The Cavs (11-7), who made it into the metro rankings at No. 15 this week, will play No. 1 Centennial, a winner over Thomas Stone in the second game yesterday, for the title Saturday at 5 p.m. at Catonsville Community College.

"Good serving and hitting were what got us this far, but you wouldn't know it by watching this one," South Carroll coach Debbie Eaton said. "It was sloppy."

Last week, the Cavs had gone five games against Linganore and five games against Walt Whitman, and Eaton said her players were tired.

The first game in the 10-15, 16-14, 15-7, 11-15, 15-10 victory at Whitman last Friday -- it was the school's first regional title since 1985 -- showed Eaton her team could play with the Montgomery County team.

The first game last night showed the Cavs the match was winnable. Nicole Spencer, a 5-foot-9 senior, got Wright's attention with the ball she put down for the initial point, and later, she served three successive points to gain a 14-13 lead.

In that span, the Harford County school (9-7) contributed to its problems with two straight mishits. Moments later, Melissa Gettemy, another 5-9 senior, tipped the ball over for the decisive point.

"They are a slower-paced team and I think that threw us out of whack in the first game," Eaton said.

"We had that first game," C. Milton coach Bonnie Fry said, "but the players got mad at each other. Usually, you make a bad play and a teammate will be comforting; ours walk the other way.

"It's something we had trouble with during the regular season, too, but this was the first time I'd seen it in the playoffs.

Michelle Pickett, who usually replaced Kelly Carter in serving situations, came on to end the last game after a long stretch where neither side seemed able to serve. "The last 10 minutes were terrible," Eaton added.

With Pickett serving, two Wright players let the ball drop between them; Amy Stephenson got a successful hit out of the back row; and the Mustangs' Robyn Colangelo, one of four seniors in the starting lineup, had her shot down the line go wide.

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