Liberty not at top of its game, but good enough to get to final

Lions eliminate S. Carroll

F.S. Key sweeps Fort Hill

Volleyball roundup

November 11, 1999|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Liberty coach Dave Trumbo admitted that his squad did not bring its "A" game to last night's Class 3A West regional volleyball semifinal.

But what the visiting Lions did bring was enough to defeat county rival South Carroll, 15-9, 12-15, 15-9, 15-12, in Winfield and earn a berth in Saturday's regional final for the third straight year.

Liberty will play the winner of the Thomas Johnson-Seneca Valley semifinal. If Thomas Johnson wins, the Lions will host the regional final. If Seneca Valley wins, Liberty will travel to the Montgomery County school.

Junior middle-hitter Lauryn Smith recorded a game-high 18 kills and senior middle-hitter Stephanie Wilder slammed 16 kills to lead Liberty, but Trumbo said the team wasn't as sharp as its previous five-game wins over Richard Montgomery last Friday and North Hagerstown Monday.

"We weren't as awesome as we were on Friday or Monday, but I think South Carroll had something to do with that," he said. "They played great, and we were a little off."

The Lions opened the first game by sprinting to an 11-2 lead, then hung on despite a 9-0 South Carroll run.

The second game featured five lead changes until Cavaliers senior middle-hitter Stacy Pittinger nailed two kills and a block to win the final three points. Wilder gave the Lions the lead again as she smashed five kills and had two blocks to help Liberty win the third game, 15-9.

The final game was tied at 12, but a service winner by outside hitter Becky Lantz, a kill by Smith, and an unforced South Carroll error sealed the win for the Lions.

No. 5 Francis Scott Key 3, Fort Hill 0: The Eagles rolled to a Class 2A West semifinal victory, 15-4, 15-3, 15-6. Sam Stambaugh had nine kills and Carrie Ness contributed 25 assists. Jen Sawyer had 14 service points. The Eagles (15-2) will be on the road in tomorrow's regional title game vs. the winner of last night's Northwest-Rockville match.

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