Dulaney eliminates Perry Hall Gators keep rallying, but No. 6 Lions have answers

November 07, 1996|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Dulaney senior Tracy Miksis summed up last night's Class 4A North regional volleyball semifinal perfectly: "The team that made the least mistakes was going to win."

Fortunately for Miksis and her teammates, Perry Hall made a few more mistakes, and the No. 6 Lions won, 15-11, 15-12, 10-15, 15-13.

In tomorrow's regional championship, the Lions (14-2) play host to Western, which swept Douglass in the other North semifinal.

Last night, both teams struggled with passing and serving, but the visiting Lions managed to jump out to substantial leads in every game, except the last one.

"We were always playing catch-up," said Gators coach Pam Wilt, "and you can't play catch-up in regional play. We were down 12-4 in one game and came back, but you can't do that all the time."

The No. 9 Gators (10-6) rallied from that 12-4 deficit in the second game. Once they tied, however, Miksis pounded down a side out and finished, serving two aces.

Dulaney led 10-7 in the third game before the Gators rallied to win on Alyssa Phoebus' serve. They scored eight straight points -- four of them because of poor Dulaney passing.

The fourth game remained tight until Dulaney grabbed the momentum at 9-9. Jen Confer had a couple of point blocks and Miksis served an ace to help rally the Lions to a 13-9 lead.

The rest of the scoring came on the opposition's mistakes. The Gators cut it to 13-12 and 14-13, but Dulaney finally won the match on an illegal Gators' set.

One of Dulaney's biggest problems was adjusting to a new formation and some new setters. After the Lions lost two of their last three regular-season games, coach Dan Overtoom decided to use Miksis and Confer as both hitters and setters.

"I felt we needed a shake-up," said Overtoom, who had used just one setter until them. "I thought, 'Why not get my two best athletes the ball and let them make the decisions,' and win or die with it."

The Lions won with it, but it was a struggle.

Pub Date: 11/07/96

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