Severna Park sets quick pace, leaves Annapolis at a loss Gosewisch sparks Falcons with 17-for-18 serving

October 08, 1997|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Annapolis has come a long way the past couple of seasons, going from last year's 9-6 team to its 7-0 start this season.

But last night, the visiting Panthers (7-1) found out they still have a way to go to get to the level of quickness at which the Severna Park Falcons play.

Forever the measuring stick in Anne Arundel County volleyball, the No. 2-ranked Falcons (8-1) quickly disposed of the No. 12 Panthers in three games, 15-12, 15-3, 15-11.

Annapolis outplayed the host team in the early moments, taking 10-5 and 11-6 leads before floundering. It carried over into the next game, which was totally dominated by Severna Park.

"We just couldn't pass their serves, and that's what really killed us today," said Annapolis coach Karla McMahon.

The powerful right arm of 5-foot-10 senior Julie Gosewisch propelled the Falcons to a 9-0 lead on the way to the 12-point victory in Game 2.

Gosewisch, who played with a hyperextended left elbow, was 17-for-18 serving, with five aces and 14 kills for the best all-around game on the floor.

Lauren Boyd was 13-for-15 serving with four aces, followed by Megan Medford, 11-for-11, five aces; Missy Collison, 9-for-12, three aces and seven kills; and Sarah Grimm with five kills.

Collison, a junior basketball standout, saw more action than at any other time and, according to Falcons coach Tim Dunbar, "played an exceptional game."

"I think we do things more quickly than other teams and the county teams don't see that quickness a lot," said Dunbar. "When they run into it, they don't know how to defend it. We had a lot of open hits and you could see their team get really down in the second game. When we jumped up to that nine-point lead, they started crumbling, started playing on their heels, standing around and we're too fast for that."

Dunbar attributed his team's slow start to its tedious day Saturday at the Bulldog Classic on the Eastern Shore. The Falcons left Severna Park at 7: 30 a.m. and were still playing at 10 p.m.

"I don't think the girls realized how much it affected them," said Dunbar. "It took longer than we thought to get our legs and into our game. But once we got into it, we looked really nice and played a great second game."

There was no question that the second game really took it out of the Panthers, who got fine efforts from seniors Emily Dammeyer, Jenni Ferris and Kisha Taylor.

Dammeyer, a 6-foot hitter, had six blocks, four kills and two aces while Ferris, the Panthers setter, had six assists.

Taylor was all over the floor, diving and trying to keep her team alive. Her digging in the back row had a lot to do with seven ties in the final set before the Falcons pulled away.

McMahon, who has her best team in eight years as the Panthers coach, said an ankle injury to 6-foot hitter Kammmi Cottrell in the first set may have "taken the wind out of our sails a little bit, and we just kind of fell apart. We regrouped in the third game and played the best we could do."

Pub Date: 10/08/97

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