North Carroll thumps South Carroll in 4 games Panthers gain West final against Thomas Johnson

November 07, 1996|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The final point of North Carroll's Class 3A West region semifinal victory over South Carroll typified the match.

Lisa Beverly banged one of her jump serves that host South Carroll weakly returned. Standing at the net, teammate Carisa Kreichauf reached up and smashed the ball to the ground to seal the 15-4, 8-15, 15-11, 15-4 North Carroll victory last night.

Translation: North Carroll's power turned out South Carroll's lights.

"I think we definitely wanted to show we had the power at the net," said Karen Carter of North Carroll. "It really gets our intensity going."

North Carroll (14-3) advances to its second straight region final against Thomas Johnson tomorrow at home. The match is tentatively set for 7 p.m.

The Panthers dominated this match with aces, kills and well-placed hits from Carter (six kills, nine service points, three aces), Carisa Kreichauf (five kills, 15 service points, three aces) and others.

North Carroll's power serves and shots at the net rocked South Carroll (10-6) back on its heels throughout the match and made getting the ball to the net an adventure.

"If we don't get the ball to the hitters, it doesn't matter how good the hitters are," said South Carroll coach Debbie Eaton. "They have strong servers and hitters. Once the ball gets to one of their hitters, it's gone."

South Carroll rallied after a disastrous first game -- which it played without starter Ce Wagener at the net. Eaton sat her for disciplinary reasons until the second game.

But the Cavaliers rallied in that game. Wagener made some big plays at the net while Jenny Woodward and Christa Farrar served well to help South Carroll score eight of nine for an 11-3 lead.

South Carroll then had a chance to take game three. More good serves from Farrar helped the Cavaliers take a 9-7 lead, but Beverly served for five straight North Carroll points.

Jen Geiman (nine assists), who combined with Amber Peltzer (six assists) for strong setting, teamed with Kreichauf for the game's last three points and the Panthers again took control.

Kreichauf served as North Carroll used an eight-point run to take a 10-0 lead in the final game. The Panthers eventually stretched it to 14-0 before South Carroll made some noise.

Said Kreichauf: "We were flowing."

"The girls came in ready to play," said North Carroll coach Lloyd Ford. "We usually do better against a more powerful team."

Pub Date: 11/07/96

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