Dulaney breaks drought, cruises past Perry Hall Regular-season win first over rival in decade

September 20, 1996|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,STAFF WRITER

No one at Perry Hall yesterday could remember the last time Dulaney beat the Gators in a regular-season volleyball match.

Remembering won't be so difficult anymore.

The fourth-ranked Lions needed only about 70 minutes to defeat No. 9 Perry Hall, 15-9, 15-13, 15-1 in a Baltimore County Division I league match.

"This was the biggest win of the season, because Perry Hall's been crushing us all the time," said Dulaney senior Tracy Miksis. "We've been working for this all of my four years."

The Lions (5-0 overall, 2-0 league) did beat the Gators (2-3, 1-1) two years ago in the regional semifinals. But during the regular season, the Lions have not beaten Perry Hall in at least 10 years, tTC said Pam Wilt, the Gators coach for the past 14 seasons.

However, Wilt could not argue with yesterday's outcome.

"They were the better team," she said. "We're rebuilding, and they have a really nice team."

The host Gators won only five points with their offense and struggled to make the connections to set up power hitters Beth Pancake (10 kills) and Stephanie Sanzone (seven kills).

On the other hand, Dulaneyshowed an abundance of power. Miksis led the Lions with 10 kills;Jen Confer had nine, Lisa Headd, six, and Jody Costa, five.

"Our depth made a difference," said Dulaney coach Dan Overtoom. "They normally have a setter-and-two-hitter combination where they can keep their offensive power going. They didn't seem to have that."

The defending county champs rallied in both the first and second games, but Dulaney never let them get back into the third game. The Lions ran up an 11-0 lead and quickly closed out the match on two Katrina Papavasiliou aces and a Headd kill.

The Gators had their chance in the second game when they rebounded from an 11-4 deficit to 12-11. After Confer's kill moved the Lions ahead 13-11, Alyssa Phoebus answered to bring Perry Hall back within one.

Costa's well-placed tip gave the Lions game point, but Pancake's kill forced a side out. The Gators pulled within 14-13 when Headd hit the ball into the net. After three more rotations, the game finally ended on a Perry Hall hitting error.

"We just had a letdown," said Confer, whose team needed only about 12 minutes to win the final game.

"The fact that we could do that and get back into it shows that right now, our team's really mentally strong."

Pub Date: 9/20/96

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