Dulaney makes short work of Lansdowne No. 3 Lions take less than hour to top Vikings


September 25, 1997|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Last night's volleyball showdown between No. 3 Dulaney and No. 7 Lansdowne had three-hour, down-to-the-wire, five-game match written all over it.

Both were undefeated, and the winner would claim the top spot in Baltimore County's Division I.

But there was even more emotion behind this match because 19 players and both coaches are involved in the same club program. Dulaney's Ian Blanchard and Lansdowne's Jason Dykstra even coach the same team, one that includes Dulaney's Lisa Headd and Jody Costa and Lansdowne's Chris Happel.

Because everyone knew everything about everyone else's game, all involved planned on a long night. Instead, the Lions served up a 15-12, 15-8, 15-3 sweep in less than 50 minutes.

The Lions (7-0, 5-0 in the division) rolled up 16 aces in the match as the Vikings (7-1, 5-1) struggled with their passing.

"They literally served us off the court," said Dykstra. "We couldn't pass on serve receive and that cost us the match. These are two very equal teams, but if you can't run an offense, you're going to get pummeled and that's what happened."

None of the Lions' aces was bigger than the four Teresa Graham served in a six-point first-game run that turned the match. Before that, the Vikings controlled the net on strong middle hitting and blocking from Happel and Dawn Johns.

Graham took the ball with the Lions trailing, 9-6, and gave them a 12-9 lead.

"Teresa turned the whole match around," said Blanchard. "They were really beating us off the court, and if we had lost that first game, we would have lost the momentum. If it wasn't for Teresa's run, this match could have turned out very differently."

Happel, a 6-2 senior, showed how she could control the net at the beginning of the match and again early in the third game. She finished with seven kills -- four in the third game. But without solid passing, the Vikings never got into the flow of the match the way Dulaney did.

The Lions played a superb team game as Graham and Melaney Heagy led the way with seven kills each. Headd and Costa added six each and Mara Conheim five.

No. 11 Perry Hall 3, No. 9 Catonsville 2: Alyssa Phoebus had 18 kills and Kristen Corbin was 20 of 20 serving with two aces as the Gators (3-3) blew a two-game lead but held on to upset the Comets, 15-13, 15-12, 5-15, 7-15, 15-8. Stephanie Xecominos had 31 assists for Perry Hall (3-2 in Division I). Catonsville fell to 3-3 and 2-2.

Pub Date: 9/25/97

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