Healy boosts Catonsville to state final 2A volleyball

November 16, 1995|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The South Hagerstown volleyball team traveled for more than two hours, through ice-covered mountain roads and snow drifts of more than a foot, to arrive at Catonsville High School for last night's Class 2A state semifinals.

Once the Rebels got there, however, they encountered a storm they couldn't overcome.

With 6-foot-1 hitter Tiffany Jones neutralizing Comets' top hitter Shannon Rexrode, teammate Stacie Healy stepped up to carry the load, collecting 16 kills and leading Catonsville to a 15-6, 15-2, 13-15, 15-7 win.

"They came prepared to stop Shannon, and they did for the first two games, but, boy, did Stacie come through," said Comets coach Debbie Clem. "And the reason we got such good sets to Stacie was because Shannon passed everything."

Catonsville (15-3) advances to Saturday's noon Class 2A state final at Catonsville Community College, where it will face Glenelg, a five-game winner over North Caroline on Tuesday.

It will mark the Comets' first trip to the finals since 1987, when they defeated North East to cap a string of seven state titles in nine years.

To get there, they relied heavily on the tandem of Healy and Rexrode.

Though Rexrode finished with a game-high 22 kills, the majority coming in the final two games, it was Healy, a 5-9 senior, who led the way.

"When we came out, we knew that [Jones] was their big hitter, and I knew I'd get more sets," said Healy, who mis-hit just three balls all night.

After rolling to easy wins in games one and two, the Comets led, 13-7, before falling in game three. But trailing 5-0 in the next game, they regained their composure and went on for the victory.

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