Panthers scrap, but S. Carroll wins, 3-0

16-14 second-game breaks North Carroll's spirit

Class 3A volleyball

November 05, 1999|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

The script is always the same whenever South Carroll and North Carroll meet in volleyball. The Panthers put a scare into the Cavaliers, but as soon as they pull out a 16-14 game, the match belongs to South Carroll.

Last night was no different as the Cavaliers ended North Carroll's postseason hopes with a 3-0 victory in the first round of a Class 3A West Regional playoff match in Hampstead.

With the 15-9, 16-14, 15-4 win, South Carroll advanced into the regional quarterfinals and will host Einstein of Montgomery County Monday night in Winfield. Game time will be determined today.

As in the previous three meetings between these two county rivals, the Cavaliers had enough firepower to win a 16-14 game and then cruise to victory.

North Carroll coach Lloyd Ford, whose team has lost 11 straight games in four meetings to South Carroll, had few words to describe his squad's collapse.

"The first two games were good and fun," he said. "I won't say anything about that last game."

Cavaliers coach Debbie Eaton said the match's turning point was the second game.

"It's hard to play that tough, lose the game, and then expect to come back and win the next three," she said.

In the first game, North Carroll opened a 7-4 lead, thanks to kills by senior hitter Jen Nalepa (three kills), junior hitter Ashley Plott and senior hitter Tiffany Langan (three kills).

But the Cavaliers won 11 of next 13 points to capture the first game.

The pivotal second game saw the teams exchange points until South Carroll held a 13-10 advantage. But a kill by Langan and an ace by senior hitter Shelly Dyas helped the Panthers win four straight points, as Dyas served out the game.

But Dyas could not dig out a kill-attempt by Cavaliers senior hitter Jennifer Altman, and South Carroll eventually won three points to close out the second game.

South Carroll junior middle-hitter Emily Wolfing, who registered five kills and three blocks, said the team struggled with its serves.

"We let our guard down a little bit," she said. "If you can't serve, you can't get any more points."

The Cavaliers sprinted to a 14-4 lead in the third game, and Altman sealed the first-round victory with an ace.

South Carroll senior setter Brianna Schell, who had 11 assists, said the team was shaking the rust from a week-long layoff after the Cavs played their last match against Westminster.

"It was not our best match," she said. "We could've done better."

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