Wednesday's volleyball match between No. 4 Dulaney and No. 12 Lansdowne takes on new meaning now that Lansdowne has upset Loch Raven, the defending county champ and fifth-ranked team.
The Vikings (6-0) and Dulaney (5-0) remain the only unbeaten teams in Baltimore County's Division I. Both are 3-0 in the league.
Strong middle blocking and serving were the tools the Vikings used Wednesday to defeat the previously-unbeaten Raiders, 15-5, 15-7, 11-15, 15-11. Loch Raven (3-1) dropped to 2-1 in Division I.
Said Lansdowne coach Jason Dykstra: "[Loch Raven's] Sarah Flora and Jill Bishop are very strong middle hitters and we went up and double- and triple-blocked them. You're not going to stop them all the time, but I thought it worked well, because it took them out of their game."
Chris Happel (eight kills), Sarah Grimes (seven kills) and Lisa Brooks (six kills) led the Vikings while Marjorie Irias had six aces.
The Vikings travel to Dulaney for a 5 p.m. match Wednesday.
Milford Mill and Catonsville, which moved up from the Baltimore County 1A-2A to the supposedly stronger 3A-4A football league this season, scored two huge wins last weekend. The Millers topped Perry Hall, 16-0, and the Comets beat Dulaney, 22-15.
Dulaney and Perry Hall were tri-champs with Woodlawn in the 3A-4A last year, while Milford Mill and Catonsville last year finished in the middle of the 1A-2A, which was dominated by 1A-sized Hereford and thought to be the weaker conference.
Both Reggie Brooks of Milford Mill (1-0 league, 2-0 overall) and Warren Como of Catonsville (1-0, 1-1) had lost much talent and experience to graduation. They expected to struggle in 3A-4A.
In 1995, the Millers were ranked No. 12 in the preseason, having returned 11 starters from a 1A-2A county champion. But that team lost twice in the 1A-2A league, going 7-3 overall.
Having lost 20 seniors to graduation, Brooks figured "it's going to be a tough year."
Como's Comets had graduated lots of talent from a team that also was 7-3, including state record breaking running back Ryan Davis. Como, whose team lost twice in the 1A-2A conference last season, expected his Comets to "be very young," with most players coming up from a 9-1 JV.
John Carroll field hockey coach Tess Gauthier expected her team to be strong on defense, but goalie Christy Daniel took that expectation to the limit Friday.
The senior made 33 saves to preserve a 0-0 tie with No. 14 Bryn Mawr. The Mawrtians' defense barely allowed the Patriots past midfield, and their attack stayed busy, taking 40 shots.
Daniel, who helped the Patriots tie for last season's Association of Independent Schools B Division Tournament title, held off two top A Division shooters, Kim Smith and Kate Cole.
"She was very consistent," said Smith, the Mawrtians' All-Metro forward. "She definitely kept them in the game and she frustrated our team, because we just couldn't get anything by her."
Run of the Bulls
Hereford athletic director Mike Kalisz expects a bull rush at his program's Bull Run cross country invitational on Sept. 27.
An incredible 100 teams from six different states are slated to appear -- including one from as far away as Kentucky.
"We also will have an open race for any individual that's interested in running -- an adult, coach or an alumni of the course," said Kalisz.
Pub Date: 9/19/97