Severna Park spikes to fifth straight title

Klau's domination at the net propels Falcons past Broadneck

County volleyball championship

November 03, 1999|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Each passing game, Severna Park's 6-foot-1 sophomore middle hitter Lauren Klau is showing signs of becoming the next Julie Gosewich.

Gosewich led the Falcons to three straight county championships (1995-1997), was All-County her final two years and Player of the Year her senior year.

Last night in Cape St. Claire, Klau may have blossomed into the next dominating player. Klau led the No. 4 ranked Falcons (12-3) to their fifth straight Anne Arundel County volleyball championship by 3-1 over No. 7 Broadneck (10-2).

In winning their 11th title in the 13 years Tim Dunbar has been head coach, the Falcons won by scores of 15-6, 15-10, 9-15 and 15-8. A strong performance at the net from Klau, who had a game high 11 kills and was overpowering down the stretch particular, paced the Falcons.

County coaches noticed Klau this season and voted her to their All-County team along with fellow Falcon sophomore setter Meg Boyd and senior outside hitter Lauren Briggs.

Klau displayed power and athletic ability in owning the net in the final game. Her point tied the last game at eight and the Falcons never looked back rapping it up with eight unanswered points.

"Through a lot of hard work, Lauren Klau has really turned herself into a very nice player on the verge of dominating," said Dunbar whose teams have now gone 148-4 in regular season against Anne Arundel County foes in his 13 years.

"I told her that's your net, you own the net, you control the net and don't let anybody else trespass on your net. And she has started to get that mentality. Being a tenth grader, it's surprising she has picked that up so quickly. She's pounding the ball down as hard as anybody we've got going right now."

Klau was quick to credit her teammates for her rapid development especially senior middle hitter Lauren Bessire (eight kills).

"Lauren is my mentor and she has helped me throughout the season along with the other seniors," Klau said.

With Klau and Bessire dominating in the middle last night, the Falcons also got superb serving from Boyd (16-for-17, 37 assists), Briggs (20-for-21, 8 kills, two aces) and three other seniors in Megan Medford, Liz Carriker and Natalie Hicks.

Medford was 16-for-18 with two aces, Carriker 11-for-12 with nine kills and the lefthanded Hicks 11-for-13 with one ace.

Severna Park's serving was clearly the difference in the first two wins by 15-6 and 15-10 just as it was in the regular season meeting between the two teams taken by the Falcons, 15-3, 15-12 and 15-11.

Broadneck took the third game by 15-9 with Jen Kanack who had a team high eight kills, Alice Osborne (four aces, four kills) and junior setter Nicole Barr leading the way.

Barr finished the evening with 18 assists, three aces and three kills and with Kanack inspired the Bruins to a win over the Falcons after five straight losses.

"It's definitely a big confidence builder for us when we play them again [Nov. 8, 4A East quarterfinal at Severna Park]," said Broadneck coach Romanzo Beans.

"They've always known they can beat this team [Falcons] and they proved it. And I think they can take it to the next level."

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