No. 1 Centennial serves up record-setting performance State volleyball roundup


November 16, 1997|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Top-ranked Centennial earned its seventh state title and culminated its second straight unbeaten season with a 15-0, 15-7, 15-9 victory yesterday over North Hagerstown for the Class 2A state championship at Catonsville Community College.

The Eagles (20-0) set a number of tournament records en route to winning their sixth title in the past seven years. Among them were 29 aces (13 yesterday, 16 in semifinal against Loch Raven); fewest points allowed, 22 (16 yesterday, six against Loch Raven) and team kill efficiency, .327 (56 kills, 16 errors, 122 attempts).

Centennial's Robyn West set a record with 12 aces in the tournament (six in both matches) and tied a record with five aces in one game. She did that in both semifinal and final matches. Briana Zolak tied the mark for kill efficiency of .545 (20 kills, two errors, 33 attempts).

Zolak connected on 21 of 22 hits against North Hagerstown (17-3) with 13 kills, and was 13 of 14 serving with two aces. West had nine kills.

Class 1A: Mount Savage, the third smallest high school in Maryland with 38 seniors, rallied to defeat third-ranked Glenelg, 11-15, 15-9, 15-11, 15-12.

Glenelg (13-6) made 33 unforced errors compared to seven for Mount Savage (20-0).

The Gladiators' chances were hurt badly when their best hitter, Kim Laws, turned her left ankle in the fourth game with her team leading, 8-7. Laws, who did not return, made 41 of 50 hits and had 20 kills.

Class 3A: Katie Radford had 21 kills and older sister Beth Radford added 18 as Northern of Calvert County defeated Charles County's Thomas Stone, 15-7, 15-12, 12-15, 15-10, giving the Patriots their fourth straight state championship.

It marked the 11th consecutive win for Northern (19-4), which has lost only four matches since 1994. Erin Waltersdorff led the Cougars (17-4) with 12 kills.

Class 4A: Laura Anderson and Christine Pyrdol had 11 kills each as Watkins Mill of Montgomery County defeated Bowie, 15-9, 13-15, 15-5, 15-2.

The Wolverines (20-1), who defeated Severna Park in the semifinals, have lost just seven matches in the past four years. Bowie (18-1), which had won 51 of its previous 52 games, was making its first state final appearance.

Pub Date: 11/16/97

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