Key ousts Walkersville, sweeps into semifinals Eagles' regional win gains match with N. Hagerstown

Class 2A West volleyball

November 10, 1998|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

For the second time in eight days, No. 8 Francis Scott Key swept past visiting Walkersville, and this time there was more at stake.

The Eagles' 15-2, 15-2, 15-8 Class 2A West regional triumph last night sent them into tomorrow night's semifinals, where they will play at North Hagerstown (7 o'clock). The Hubs put away Northwest, a first-year school, 15-6, 15-4, 15-0.

Key, which went through the Carroll County tournament without loss of a game, and has lost only to Washington County schools, improved to 12-3. Walkersville ended 3-12.

A year ago, North Hagerstown defeated Key in a regional final, 3-0, and went on to lose to Centennial in the state championship match, 3-0.

A month ago, North Hagerstown (12-2) outlasted its Carroll County rival, 14-16, 15-7, 15-12, 12-15, 15-6, dominating play in the fifth game.

Key sophomore April Caprarola, who had 18 service points in that loss to North, took care of serving in the second game against Walkersville, getting 15 successive service points after the Frederick County team had won the first two points.

She said of her delivery: "Nothing special; it's just the way I serve." She puts a spin on the ball that Walkersville found difficult to handle.

"She knew what to do; she's had that serve," said Stephanie Robertson. Of tomorrow night's match, she said, "I think we can pick it up."

Only four of Key's second-game points came on balls that the Lions did not touch. On the others, they either could not return the serve or handle the hits of the taller, more experienced opposition.

After surrendering 27 straight points, Walkersville made a good effort to make a game of the third one. It got a tie at 4, and was within 12-8, from where junior Kim Sheedy served out the match.

Sheedy, one of three 6-foot hitters for coach Alice Smith, had 10 kills for the night; Carrie Weant, 14 assists and 10 service points; Adria Stonesifer, six kills; Robertson, five kills; and Carrie Ness, 13 setting assists.

Weant, Robertson and Jessica Broderick are the only seniors on the 11-player squad, and Stonesifer and Ness are sophomores.

Additionally, 6-footer Stonesifer and Ness only played the first and third games.

Despite the scores, Walkersville played better than a week ago when the scores were 15-13, 15-5, 15-6. It had been Senior Night, and the players did not get themselves collected until the second game.

"I think I have a talented team, but we are young and inexperienced," said third-year Walkersville coach Anita Hairston. "We had trouble serving. However, we've really worked on our defense.

"It's just that the Washington and Carroll [county] schools are more advanced. Frederick County has just started a club program, so until now, none of the players has been exposed to club ball or to year-round play."

Looking ahead to North Hagerstown, Smith said: "I think we match up with them. Also, I think the pressure is on them. They went to States last year, and beat us, 3-2, at home last month. They'll be expected to do it again."

Pub Date: 11/10/98

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