Changes hone Severna Park attack No. 2-ranked Falcons roll over No. 6 Glen Burnie in three straight games


September 26, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Severna Park, which has the Cadillac program of Anne Arundel County volleyball, is running on all cylinders once again after a tune-up that included a few changes. The No. 2-ranked hTC Falcons swept No. 6 Glen Burnie 3-0 yesterday at Severna Park, 15-4, 15-8, 15-6.

The victory left the Falcons (4-1) atop the county league at 3-0. The Gophers suffered their first loss, leaving the visitors 2-1 in the league and overall. Severna Park's only loss was to southern Maryland power Calvert, 3-0, last week.

"We had a completely different team out there than I saw in our first four matches," said Severna Park's Tim Dunbar, who has guided the Falcons to three state, six region and nine county titles in his 11 years as coach.

"We decided to change our offense and defense a little bit, because we were dragging through our first four matches. So we put personnel in better spots, where they would be more comfortable."

Dunbar moved senior hitters Tracy Johnston from the left to the right side and Missy Collison vice versa and changed the team's rotation with great results.

"Our passing and defense was much crisper, setting was good, and we were attacking on hits -- things we were not doing consistently," said Dunbar.

Senior setter Lauren Boyd was 21-for-22 serving with six aces.Senior hitters Sarah Grimm (11-for-13, three aces, five kills), Johnston (10-for-12, two aces, six kills) and Traci Sariscak (7-for-7 with four kills) all responded to the changes.

Also, junior Natalie Hicks was 8-for-9 coming off the bench, and Collison had five kills.

Dunbar felt the changes "might have thrown the Gophers off a little bit, because they saw a different lineup out there" after scouting Severna Park in its win over North County.

That might have been the case in the first game, as the Falcons rolled after Glen Burnie took a quick 1-0 lead. Once the Falcons got a 2-1 lead, they cruised to the 15-4 victory.

"I think it was that the first game with Severna Park, because of their reputation, is always highly emotional," said Gophers first-year coach Kevin Guite. "They were charged and served tough and we were a little nervous -- all emotions. But after that, we calmed down."

Glen Burnie stepped it up in the second game, getting out front by 6-3, but after the fifth tie of the match at 8, the Falcons forged ahead and scored seven unanswered points to take a 2-0 lead.

Severna Park's sharp serving and passing was evident in games one and three, but lacking in game two. The Gophers could not capitalize, shanking serves at untimely moments when they were on the verge of good runs and instead giving the Falcons easy points.

In the second game's early stages, Susan Sperduto and Tiffany Jordan did a good job for the Gophers near the net, and Michelle Whitlock ran down a lot of balls.

"The difference came down to serve reception," said Guite. "That was our nemesis."

Pub Date: 9/26/98

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