No. 8 Key advances to region final

November 09, 1995|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Francis Scott Key needed only 30 minutes to win its opening playoff match on Monday against Carver A & T. But the Eagles needed nearly that much time to win their opening game last night against Catoctin.

After that, however, No. 8 Francis Scott Key had little trouble.

The Eagles took 25 minutes to win the next two games and complete their 15-10, 15-2, 15-4 sweep of visiting Catoctin in the Class 1A South Region semifinal.

Francis Scott Key (16-0), the defending region champion, will play host to Smithsburg or Boonsboro tomorrow at 7 p.m. in the region championship.

Last night Key fell behind 6-4 The Eagles made few mistakes, finishing with a 93 percent average for serving. The Eagles also connected on 30 of 33 passes and stayed in control throughout most of the match.

Ness finished with 14 service points plus 15 good sets and five assists. Cindy Sheedy went 12-for-12 serving and got nine service points. She served four straight in Game 1 to give the Eagles the lead for good.

Stephanie Stambaugh ruled the net, making 20 attacks and finishing with seven kills. She got help from Ness and Kristy Hollman (14-for-14 in sets with four assists).

The Eagles also got consistent play from Ericka Rutzebeck, Amy Brooks and Nicole Keffer. Totten went to the bench in Game 3 and found help from Kristy Caldwell.

Caldwell began serving with the Eagles leading 9-4. She started with back-to-back aces and, moments later, finished the match in style with three straight aces.

For Catoctin, Allyson Merico and Thea Maddox made some strong plays in Game 1, especially at the net.

They helped keep Stambaugh quiet at times and forced some errors for Key.

But the Eagles made some strategic moves late in the opening game.

When attacking, the Eagles began varying their shots more. They opened things up by going for the sides and corners instead of just the middle.

"They're a good team," said Catoctin coach Sue Weaver. "We should have used the momentum [from Game 1] to take us into the second and third games, [but] we didn't do that."

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