Battle of Baltimore puts area five on local line Two-day tournament to begin next season

November 14, 1997|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

A timely step in the right direction for local collegiate basketball.

That best describes Channel 2's Battle of Baltimore Basketball Classic that will feature the city's five Division I schools in an annual early-season tournament at the Towson Center.

Coppin State, Towson University, Loyola College, Morgan State and the University of Maryland Baltimore County will begin play in the two-day tournament in a little more than a year from now.

The first battle of Baltimore will be held Nov. 19 and Nov. 21, 1998 with Channel 2 televising all the games.

Since Coppin State and Morgan State are both in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, they will rotate each year as the fourth school due to league restrictions.

Coppin State chose to sit out the first tournament because it already has some potential games scheduled for next season on Nov. 19 and 21.

The opening-round matchups have been set for Nov. 19 (Thursday) next year, with Morgan State meeting Towson and Loyola taking on UMBC. The winners will meet for the title Nov. 21 (Saturday).

This five-team format is an attempt to revive some of the enthusiasm that surrounded the old seven-team Baltimore Metro three-day tournament that traditionally opened the local basketball season in the 1960s and 1970s.

The Metro tourney also included Johns Hopkins and the University of Baltimore in addition to the five Battle of Baltimore schools. The University of Baltimore no longer has a team.

UMBC swimmers win

The UMBC women's swimming and diving team scored its first ever victory over Navy last weekend with a 159-141 decision.

Sophomore Veronica Castro and freshman Carrie Miller each captured three events and senior Amy Koffel and freshman Lisandria Carvalbo were two-time winners.

Castro won the 100 backstroke, 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley and Miller took the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle races.

Salisbury ousted

Salisbury State's No. 1-ranked Division III field hockey team had its season ended last Sunday in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals at Salisbury.

The Sea Gulls were beaten, 1-0, by Messiah College on a goal off a penalty corner by Kim Weaver with no time remaining.

It was Weaver's first goal of the season and ended a 13-game winning streak by Salisbury, which finished with a 17-3 record. Messiah (17-4) advanced to the Division III final four this weekend.

Morgan State perfect

The Lady Bears' volleyball team ran the table in the MEAC Northern Division this season, winning all 10 matches to enter this weekend's league tournament in Greensboro, N.C., as the top seed for the first time in school history.

Morgan State also won its only two matches against MEAC Southern Division opponents for an overall 12-0 mark in the MEAC. But the two victories against South teams didn't count in the league standings.

Morgan won 36 of 39 games against MEAC foes this season.

In all matches, Morgan State is 21-9 and has registered 231 service aces as a team. That averages out to 2.26 aces a game, which places Morgan 10th in the nation in aces per game.

Jakaria Stewart (40 aces), Monica Scott (32), Deonne Brown (30), Dorothy Buford (26) and Lamar-Renee Bryant (22) have led the Morgan charge.

Hopkins seeks title

The Johns Hopkins volleyball team (28-14) will be shooting for the Eastern College Athletic Conference South championship tomorrow at New York University.

The Blue Jays are top-seeded in the four-team field, which also includes Washington & Jefferson, New York University and Scranton. Hopkins will meet Washington & Jefferson in the semifinals at 2 o'clock.

Hopkins has established a school record for wins in a season with 28. Senior Anita Patibandia broke the school record for kills in a season with 377 and ranks fourth on the career kills list with 760.

Sophomore Christine Horan recorded a school-record 383 digs this season and is the first Hopkins player to surpass 300 digs in back-to-back seasons. Another sophomore, Michelle Dumler, broke her school record for assists in a season with 1,157.

Pub Date: 11/14/97

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