Th. Johnson finishes off Fallston in 3 3A volleyball

November 16, 1995|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

LA PLATA -- The last time Fallston lost the first two games of a match, it rallied for a five-game victory over Franklin in a regional semifinal pairing last week.

Last night, Thomas Johnson made sure it didn't happen again, as it completed a three-game sweep, 15-5, 15-9, 15-4, in an hour-long state Class 3A semifinal at La Plata High School.

It was the unbeaten Patriots' 18th straight victory and sent them into the championship match with Mount Hebron, scheduled for Catonsville Community College on Saturday at 5 p.m.

TJ piled up a 55-5 game record during the season, and only North Carroll, in a regular-season match, took it to five games. The Patriots put on one of their best shows of the year in their regional final rematch last Saturday, winning 15-3, 15-3, 15-7.

Fallston (13-6) had followed its upset victory over Franklin with a three-game sweep of Dundalk in its regional final, but was no match for the Frederick team.

"We didn't play our best, but no other Fallston bracket team got this far," said coach Elaine Settelmaier. "I'm proud of what they've done, but I'm disappointed for them."

Anne Ravn, a 5-foot-6 junior exchange student from Denmark, brought solid skills with her and fit right into the Fallston program. "The other team was better. They played really well, and we were a little down," she said.

Sue Mason, in her ninth year as the Patriots head coach, did not think her team played all that well.

"We didn't know anything about Fallston but its record, and when they came in the door I saw they had some height," she said.

"I told the team to do what they had been doing right along: Stay focused and play with intensity. And even when we were not playing well, they stayed focused."

, High school results, Page 6D

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