Severna Park tops, but fails to win over Broadneck

3rd loss to Falcons doesn't convince Bruins coach

4A Volleyball

High schools

November 09, 1999|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Despite losing a third straight time to Severna Park this season, Broadneck's third-year coach Romanzo Beans is still not convinced that the Falcons are the county's best volleyball team.

The No. 4-ranked Falcons (13-3) swept the No. 7 Bruins in three games, 15-9, 15-10 and 15-6, in the Class 4A East Region quarterfinals yesterday at Severna Park.

Superior serving by the likes of Meg Boyd (15-for-16, five aces, 22 assists), Natlie Hicks (13-for-16, five aces), Lauren Briggs (11-for-12, three aces), Lindsey Ortel (10-for-12, three aces) and Liz Carriker (7-for-9, two aces) was the difference as it was in the two other meetings.

Severna Park will play the winner of last night's North County-Meade match tomorrow in the semifinals and the region final would be at Severna Park if the Falcons advance.

Seeking their eighth region title in 13 years and third in a row under coach Tim Dunbar, the Falcons have dominated Broadneck (10-3).

Severna Park swept Broadneck, 3-0, in the regular season and a week ago defeated it, 3-1, for its 11th Anne Arundel County championship under Dunbar.

"After beating them twice, I was pretty convinced that the only team that could beat us tonight was ourselves," said Dunbar. "We didn't play great, but we played good enough when we had to."

After the first loss, Beans said that the days of Severna Park being "the team to beat were over," and after the county final he said his team proved it could beat Severna Park (by winning one game) and was ready "to take it to the next level."

Last night after the Falcons dominated again, Beans refused to praise their effort and merely said, "we can be better."

"They won. We've gotten better and we're going to continue to get better."

Dunbar has been rather surprised at Beans' remarks all season.

"I'm convinced if we played them 100 times, we would beat them 100 times," said Dunbar.

"They're good, but we're just simply better. We have more weapons, make far fewer mistakes and we have more skill. I would hope that eventually someone over there [Broadneck] would acknowledge that we're the better team.

"We'll play them tomorrow if he wants, but I know we will beat them."

Dunbar said playing Broadneck has helped his team because they have provided some competition in what has been a rather weak county schedule.

"I like playing them, because it makes us work, " said Dunbar.

"But they couldn't stop us in the middle again. We still got 11 kills out of the middle."

The Falcons had 26 kills with seven each from Briggs and Lauren Bessire, four each from Carriker and Lauren Klau, three from Boyd and one by Ortel.

Broadneck had eight kills from Alice Osborne and solid overall play from Jen Kanack, Nicole Barr and Katie Henschel.

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