Severna Park takes fall to Northern Calvert County team wears down No. 1 Falcons

November 07, 1995|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

OWINGS -- This was billed as the real state Class 4A girls volleyball championship match and everything that happened on the court last night supported that lofty rating.

Unbeaten Northern of Calvert came at top-ranked Severna Park in waves of kills, dinks, quick sets, passes and line-drive serves to wear down the Falcons, 15-0, 15-10, 15-17, 15-11, in the Class 4A East Region quarterfinals at Northern.

That's right, it was only the regional quarterfinals but the two best 4A teams in the state locked up in an emotion-filled match that had all the intensity of a state championship showdown.

There were controversial calls, remarkable digs, incredible gets and a lot of loud cheering and booing from the rabid fans on both sides.

The only thing missing was a trophy ceremony at the end for the winners and the match wasn't played at Catonsville Community College, the usual site of the state volleyball championships.

Northern vs. Severna Park.

This is becoming a real heated rivalry even though the two schools are 30 miles apart and located in different counties.

"I do love to beat Severna Park," said Northern coach Beth Incrocci. "They knocked us out of the regionals three straight years before we finally got them back last year. We owe them a few."

Severna Park had a run of three consecutive state 4A titles before Northern ousted the Falcons from the regionals last year and went on to win the 4A title.

Now, it looks as if 1995 will be a re-run of 1994 for this talented Northern team (20-0) which has so many ways to beat opponents.

Severna Park answered all those weapons with the remarkable power of Julie Allen, the outstanding serving of Rachael Benton and Julie Gosewisch and a strong desire to uphold the rich volleyball tradition of its school.

But it wasn't enough.

The Falcons (21-3) could have sent the match to five games if it hadn't been for some crucial mental lapses in the second game and poor serving at key points in the fourth game.

A team that normally serves at 88 percent fell to 82 percent last night, leaving Severna Park coach Tim Dunbar a little disappointed.

"Also, our passing and hitting wasn't there and we made some bad decisions. We played some poor points in the middle of the fourth game," said the coach. "If there's one major difference in the two teams, I'd say they reacted better to the things we did than we reacted to the things they did."

* Hammond 4, Northeast 1: Emily Bielefeld scored a goal in each half to power host Hammond (5-10) past Northeast in Class 1A-2A South semifinal.

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