Dulaney comes up aces on late serves Lions stop Loch Raven, clinch Division I title

October 28, 1998|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Dulaney's Trini Papavasiliou exploited Loch Raven's trouble spot -- passing -- to finish off last night's match with three aces on the final four serves.

The No. 6 Raiders were two points away from forcing a fifth game when Papavasiliou rallied No. 3 Dulaney to a 15-7, 12-15, 15-4, 15-13 victory.

Both teams went into yesterday's match unbeaten in Baltimore County's Division I, but the victory clinched the title for the Lions (11-0, 9-0) and gives them a chance to defend their county title against the Division II champion next week.

Even if Dulaney were to lose its final match tomorrow and finish with the same division record as the Raiders (11-2, 8-1), the Lions would win the division based on head-to-head competition.

In last night's fourth game, the Lions had chipped away at a 13-8 Raiders lead to pull within 13-11 when Papavasiliou took over.

She dropped her serves just far enough in front of the back-row passers. The Raiders didn't move their feet quickly enough to get under the ball.

"I picked my spot and just served it there," Papavasiliou said. "The same girl kept on shanking my serve, so I kept on serving it to her."

The Lions served 13 aces in the match, most on shanked passes by the Raiders.

"If you can't pass, you can't get an offense going," said Loch Raven coach Carol McPherson. "We've got three good hitters and we just weren't getting the ball to them."

Although Loch Raven was in the match until the end, Papavasiliou's knock-out punch along with the Lions' exceptionally quick offense eventually did in the Raiders.

The Lions attacked most effectively from the outside with Teresa Graham (14 kills) and Melaney Heagy (10 kills) and from the middle with the quick-set combinations of Lindsay Lawson (25 assists) to Heather Hourihan (six kills) and Erin Reinhardt (13 assists) to Liz Schmitz (seven kills).

In the second game, the Raiders started passing better, recovering from a 12-7 deficit to tie the match at one game each. Rachel Zitnik and Jill Bishop (16 kills) powered the Raiders' comeback along with key blocks by Bishop and Megan Mattingly.

But the Lions, who had not lost a game until this match, adjusted their offense to go more to the middle rather than relying on Graham and Heagy so much. They also lowered the sets on the outside to get a quicker attack especially from Graham, who had the hot hand last night.

"We started moving our sets around and we started making them guess," said Dulaney coach Ian Blanchard. "That was the difference overall in the match and Trini of course just put the show on at the end."

Field hockey

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Pub Date: 10/28/98

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