Severna Park aces big test, beats Glen Burnie for title

November 01, 1995|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Second-ranked Severna Park proved once again last night what everybody has known all season long.

The Falcons (20-2) simply have too much depth for all the other teams in Anne Arundel County.

Most high school squads would be devastated by the loss of their leading server for a county championship match, especially someone with the talents of Lauren Butler.

All Butler, a senior co-captain, has done this season is serve at 93.3 percent with 69 aces. But she had a sore ankle last night and only played briefly in the third game.

So what did Severna Park coach Tim Dunbar do?

He used senior Rebecca Dickerson as a replacement for Butler in the county title match against No. 12 Glen Burnie at Meade.

Dickerson responded by sparking the Falcons to a three-game sweep over the Gophers, 15-7, 15-4, 15-12, in the showdown for county bragging rights.

Dickerson was especially overpowering at the start of Game 1, sending five aces across the net during a seven-point run for a 7-0 lead that set the tone for the night.

Dickerson sent a bullet down the right line for the second point of the game.

She went on to hit 16 of 18 serves and register seven aces in the match. The torrid serving seemed to spill over to Dickerson's entire game and she had seven kills to rank second in that department to Julie Allen (nine kills).

Entering the big match, Dickerson stood only eighth on the team in kills with 16 in 44 games.

Talk about a clutch effort.

"Rebecca was pumped," said Dunbar. "When she hit that ball down the line for the second point in the first game, I just said 'Wow.' I knew she had the ability to play, but this was something else. She grew up in Hawaii and got a chance to play a good brand of volleyball out west. She transferred here in the 10th grade and was already a well-skilled player."

Dickerson credited a pain-free arm for her big show last night.

"I have tendinitis in my right shoulder and my arm has been sore," she said. "I gave it some rest and I felt good tonight. And I was just excited for this match."

Other than Dickerson's play, it was mostly a workmanlike match for Severna Park.

Allen came through with a lot of big kills during clutch situations as she has done all season, Rachael Benton had seven aces and six kills and Julie Gosewisch contributed four aces on a 15 of 17 serving match.

For Glen Burnie (12-6), it was more of the same problems that plagued the Gophers in a regular-season loss.

"We had trouble dealing with their serve again," said Glen Burnie coach Juanita Milani. "And we couldn't get the ball to Amy Hutson. I think she got a little frustrated. But we can begin a whole new season in the playoffs now."

When Glen Burnie made its only charge at Severna Park in the third game, the Gophers had two bad serves to halt the comeback and could never get the lead, down only 13-12 before Lani McFeely served the final two points of the game to wrap up the match.

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