NDP upsets Friends for 1st AIS championship Pirates surprise top seed in tense, five-game match

November 03, 1996|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

If anyone doubted that Brenna Dailey had fully recovered from an early-season bout with pneumonia, the Notre Dame Prep senior sure convinced them last night.

Dailey, a 6-foot-tall outside hitter, pounded down the last two points to lead the Pirates to a 15-7, 7-15, 8-15, 15-13, 15-9 upset of top-seeded Friends in the Association of Independent Schools A Division volleyball tourney at McDonogh.

Although she admitted to being a little tired at the end of the two-hour match, Dailey never showed it. She finished with a match-high 13 kills -- none bigger than the two that closed out a final six-point run and gave NDP (8-1) its first AIS volleyball title.

"She sure picked the right time to pound it to the floor," said NDP coach Mary Bartel, whose team avenged a four-game, regular-season loss to the Quakers.

As Friends (11-3) came within two points of winning the match in four games, the Pirates stayed calm and the Quakers struggled.

Friends led the fourth game 13-9, but could not close out the match. Quaker hitting errors gave NDP four points, and Kim McCombe and Kris Wallace had kills in the six-point rally.

The same thing happened in the fifth game after Quaker Marci McLachlin's kill tied it at 9. The Quakers' passing broke down and they handed NDP two points when they couldn't get the ball over the net on three hits.

A Quakers' hitting error gave the Pirates another point and McCombe's ace made it 13-9 before Dailey closed out the match.

Pub Date: 11/03/96

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