Severna Park stumbles past Chesapeake to title No. 2 Falcons take win by making fewer miscues


October 28, 1997|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

For some strange reason, Anne Arundel County scheduled its volleyball championship match for yesterday rather than giving the teams the day to practice and play today (Tuesday was open).

It showed.

In a sloppily played four-game set, No. 2 ranked Severna Park (14-1) won its third consecutive county championship by 3-1 over No. 12 Chesapeake (13-3) at Glen Burnie High.

"It was a case of two teams making a lot of mistakes, and they just made more than we did. It wasn't pretty volleyball out there," Severna Park coach Tim Dunbar said. "We were probably boring the fans to death. Even though it was close, it was kind of exciting because you're waiting to see who was going to goof up."

In taking their 11th county title in the past 13 years, the Falcons dropped the first game, 15-7 but came back to take three in a row in the best-of-five match by scores of 15-5, 15-10 and 16-14.

"I thought we played horrendously," said Dunbar. "Not to take anything away from Chesapeake, but both teams could have played better -- but I think it's Monday and that has a lot to do with it.

"The county did it this way to give teams time to prepare for the region tournament [which start Friday], but we played Tuesday and Friday all year. This is what you can expect playing on Monday."

While the play was not textbook volleyball, it was inspired on both sides with a host of Falcons contributing and two Cougars standing out.

Senior hitter Julie Gosewisch led Severna Park going 8-for-8 serving with four aces and ten kills followed by Lauren Boyd (12-for-12, four aces), Tracy Johnston (13-for-14, four kills), Sarah Grimm (15-for-16, five aces), Megan Medford (seven kills) and Lani McFeely (five aces).

"We had 22 aces, that's a game and a half of aces, and that's what it came down to," said Dunbar. Severna Park also utilized its outside attack with a barrage of kills in the middle with Gosewisch and her Capitals Volleyball Club teammate Gail Siemer going at it.

Siemer had 15 kills of her own, plus four solo blocks and was 12-for-13 serving while senior teammate Jen Chesson was 21-for-21 with four aces and five kills. Junior Kristen Blaine chipped in with 24 assists and was 25-for-26 at the service line for the Cougars.

"I'm very proud of the way we've brought things together at the end of the season," said Chesapeake coach Christy Simonds. "We've played a much more defensive game at the end and have fine tuned things.

"We get a second chance in the tournament. We're looking forward to it."

Simonds led the Cougars to an 8-7 record her first season and they've easily topped that with the 13 wins this fall.

Sloppy or not, Chesapeake won't be taken lightly in the regional.

Pub Date: 10/28/97

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