Stone rocks C.M. Wright in 3 games Young Mustangs promise to rebound next year

November 13, 1997|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

C. Milton Wright's volleyball team never gave up in last night's Class 3A state semifinal at Essex Community College.

And Thomas Stone never gave in.

The Cougars from Charles County stretched their winning streak to eight and improved their postseason record to 15-1 by sweeping the Mustangs, 15-12, 15-8, 15-10 in 72 minutes.

Thomas Stone's star outside hitter, Danesha Taylor, a first-team All-Southern Maryland Athletic League selection, led the Cougars with 14 kills and teammate Jewel Clark, who led the SMAC in block this season with 117, added three kills and nine blocks.

Thomas Stone moved into the Class 3A final at 7: 30 p.m. Saturday at Catonsville, where it will meet Northern-Calvert, a 3-0 winner over Liberty in the other semifinal.

"I don't think anyone really expected us to get this far, so we were really happy to be here," said C. Milton Wright's Jennifer Thompson, one of only four seniors on the Mustangs (14-4). "We have a really young team and I think we just choked under the pressure."

"We have a lot of talent and I knew that if they worked together they would go far this season," said Mustangs first-year coach Kim Mayforth. "Unfortunately, tonight we didn't show the talent that we showed in the regionals. It's a little disappointing, but I can't complain because they kept plugging away and playing."

"We fought really hard, and it's sad to see it all end in three games," said Wright's Holly Dye. "I thought it would be a better match than it was. That was probably the best hitting team we've seen all year, and we didn't give them much competition. But we'll get them next year."

Pub Date: 11/13/97

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