Loch Raven ousted, fast No. 1 Centennial sweeps semifinal in 39 minutes

November 13, 1997|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Wham! Pow! Slam!

Top-ranked Centennial needed only 39 minutes last night to dismantle No. 9 Loch Raven, 15-0, 15-2, 15-4, in a Class 2A state semifinal match at Essex Community College.

"That's the best team I've ever played against," said Loch Raven coach Carol McPherson, now in her 17th coaching season. "They are just unbelievable."

The Eagles (19-0) will play North Hagerstown, a 15-0, 15-6, 15-9 winner over 10th-ranked South River, in Saturday's noon championship match at Catonsville Community College.

Centennial, which has held the No. 1 ranking in the Baltimore area since last year's preseason poll, has won six state titles, including five of the last six years. The Eagles have lost only three games this season and have a 46-game winning streak.

"I cannot describe what I feel like," said McPherson. "We got a lesson in volleyball, and we'll learn by it.

"I feel badly for my team, because they are better than what they showed," McPherson added.

Centennial, which hasn't lost in two years, took nine minutes -- including two Loch Raven timeouts -- to win the first game.

"We couldn't serve, we couldn't pass," McPherson said. "We looked scared to death, and it showed."

Said Loch Raven's Jill Bishop, who led her team with four kills: "We weren't moving. That was basically it. We could have played better, but unfortunately we didn't. I would have rather gone down with a fight."

"That's the best hustling defense we've had," said Centennial coach Mike Bossom, now in his fourth season.

Pub Date: 11/13/97

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