No. 2 Severna Park gives Dunbar his 200th victory

Rebounding Falcons sweep young Glen Burnie

September 17, 1997|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

While he played down his coaching ability and 200th career win in less than 12 seasons, Severna Park coach Tim Dunbar showed yesterday why he and his program have been so successful.

After being shutout by Calvert last week, adjustments and coaching psychology by Dunbar have led to two straight impressive victories, including yesterday's 3-0 triumph at Glen Burnie.

In opening the county league season, the No. 2 Falcons (3-1) defeated the No. 13 and inexperienced (only two seniors) Gophers, 15-2, 15-1 and 16-14.

Glen Burnie (1-2) is without a Hutson -- Amy, the 1996 Player of the Year, now at St. Leo (Fla.); Heather, Towson State; and '91 grad Christy (now Simonds), is in her second year as Chesapeake coach -- for the first time in nine years. A Gopher rebuilding may be an understatement.

The defending county champion Falcons had knocked off Charles County power McDonough, 3-1, Friday in bouncing back from a 3-0 loss to Calvert, only the third time the Falcons had been swept in the regular season.

"Against Calvert, we had Tracy [Johnston, junior hitter] doing a lot of defensive stuff, and since Calvert, I realized we were missing her on offense," said Dunbar, now 200-18 with three state championships (1991-1993).

"So, we put her a little more into the offense [against McDonough] and started running a few more things her way to try and open up things."

Johnston was 12-for-13 serving with three aces and three kills yesterday. Julie Gosewisch led the Falcons with eight kills and was 9-for-10 serving with one ace.

Junior setter Lauren Boyd was 15-for-17 serving with two aces and 20 assists and junior hitter Sarah Grimm chipped in with five kills.

Pub Date: 9/17/97

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