Annapolis rallies over Chesapeake Panthers fight back from 2-1 deficit to 3-2 win

November 04, 1997|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Coach Karla McMahon did a cartwheel with some of her players and Kisha Taylor said she felt like crying.

Nobody can remember the last time Annapolis won a volleyball match in the playoffs, but the No. 10 Panthers won't soon forget last night in Lake Shore.

Facing elimination in the 4A East Region quarterfinals, Annapolis came back from a 2-1 deficit to defeat host and No. 11 Chesapeake by 3-2, taking the last two games.

The match pitted the county's two most improved teams after each had drawn a first-round bye. Annapolis plays host to the Glen Burnie/Arundel winner tomorrow in the region semifinals.

Annapolis (13-1) started off with a 15-6 win, but dropped the next two to the Cougars (13-4) by scores of 15-3 and 15-9 before closing with 15-10 and 15-4 victories.

With nine seniors and just one junior, Annapolis has gone from 0-15 four years ago to 13 wins this season, including its first playoff victory in McMahon's eight years as head coach.

McMahon was an assistant four years before that and doesn't recall the Panthers winning a playoff game.

"Not since I've been coaching here," said McMahon, catching her breath after her cartwheel. "Four years ago, these girls were 0-15. Some of them played varsity as freshmen and others played JV, so they've been together for four years. It makes a difference.

"They've come a long way and didn't give up tonight after that second game."

Annapolis, a 3-1 winner over Chesapeake in the regular season, got strong efforts from its two 6-footers in Kammi Cottrell and Emily Dammeyer, 5-5 Jenni Ferris and 5-2 Kisha Taylor. Cottrell had eight kills and three blocks, and Dammeyer had five kills and three blocks.

Ferris, whose serving led the Panthers to the first game victory, finished with a team-leading eight aces and Taylor was all over the back row.

"This feels so great," said Taylor. "I feel like crying."

Among the five Cougars seniors is middle hitter Gail Siemer, who had three great seasons with the Cougars, growing from a 3-12 team her sophomore year to 8-7 last year and finishing 13-4 this season.

"I really feel sorry for Gail," said second-year Cougars coach Christy Simonds.

No. 2 Severna Park 3, Old Mill 0: Senior Julie Gosewisch had 11 kills, served 10-for-10, and had three aces to lead the Falcons (16-1) to a home victory over the Patriots (9-6), 15-2, 15-2, 15-11, in a 4A East playoff game. Junior Lauren Boyd served 13 for 14, had three aces, five kills and 24 assists for Severna Park.

No. 13 South River 3, Poly 0: Jessica Freeman, was a perfect 15-for-15 serving, with 10 kills and three blocks in leading the Seahawks (9-6) to the Class 2A East semifinals. Caroline Tippett had seven kills and Emily Minnigerode 14 assists.

Pub Date: 11/04/97

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