This time, dominant Key gains state final 1A volleyball

November 16, 1995|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

RISING SUN -- The Francis Scott Key Eagles knew exactly what their Class 1A state semifinal opponent, Richardson, was going through last night.

It was just a year ago when a young Eagles team, excited about the opportunity to compete in the state volleyball tournament, traveled to Rising Sun only to be overwhelmed by a more experienced Clear Spring team that went on to win the state title.

4 This year, it was Key's turn to be overwhelming.

The No. 6 Eagles had too much firepower as they swept past Richardson -- 15-5, 15-10, 15-13 -- to advance to Saturday's Class 1A state final.

The Eagles (20-0) will meet the winner of last night's Williamsport-Rising Sun match at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Catonsville Community College.

"We knew how it felt leaving as losers last year and didn't want to do that tonight," said Key junior hitter Nicole Keffer. "We didn't know what to expect so we tried not to focus on them, but just focus on us and play the way we know we can."

It wasn't always easy.

The Eagles (20-0) showed their dominance early against the East region representative from Caroline County, jumping out to a 12-1 lead in the first game, but had problems maintaining their high level of play throughout the match.

Richardson (14-4), without a senior on the roster, had leads in both of the last two games, but the Eagles were able to turn their play up a notch.

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