Severna Park captures title over South River Falcons win in 4 games, next face Glen Burnie

November 05, 1998|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The Anne Arundel County championships just keep on coming at Severna Park this season.

With both Falcons' soccer teams, both cross country teams and the field hockey team already having claimed county hardware, it was the volleyball team's turn last night against a difficult South River team.

The No. 1-ranked Falcons didn't disappoint, coming away with a 13-15, 15-6, 15-7, 15-13 win over No. 7 South River for their 13th county championship in 15 years.

With the formidable test from the Seahawks, the Falcons (14-1) also gained a valuable lesson for the playoffs. They will open their Class 4A East title pursuit at home on Monday against an improving Glen Burnie team they swept in the regular season.

Last night, the Falcons fell behind in the first game 10-0 and eventually lost 15-13 but showed poise to settle in and win the next three games. Fine all-around play from senior center Lauren Boyd, good work off the bench from senior Natalie Hicks, and balanced hitting lifted the Falcons.

"This was a nice wake-up call," said Severna Park coach Tim Dunbar. "The players can't come out and just expect to win. But at the same time, it shows we can come out flat and still win match."

Boyd finished the night with 28 assists and was good on 25 of 26 serves, including three aces. Receiving solid first passes, she was able to keep all of the hitters involved with Traci Sariscak finishing with 10 kills and Missy Collison adding seven. Sarah Grimm and Lauren Bessire both had four kills apiece to keep the Seahawks guessing.

"We were so pumped for this game and knew South River would come out tough," said Boyd. "We played very good defense, and our passing was much better than it's been all season.

After the Falcons took a 2-1 lead and control of the match, the Seahawks didn't quit in the fourth game, staying even with the Falcons at 13 before Boyd eventually closed out the match with an ace.

Senior Jessica Freeman had eight kills for the Seahawks, with Lorin Smith providing 22 assists.

The strong showing was just what coach Maureen Carter was looking for with her Seahawks opening their Class 2A East playoff schedule at home at 4 p.m. tomorrow against Stephen Decatur.

"Severna Park is good, very good. It was a privilege to get a chance to knock them off," said Carter. "My girls fought hard, but we were just a step behind."

Pub Date: 11/05/98

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