Top-ranked Centennial nets another regional crown

Eagles advance to states for fourth consecutive year

Volleyball roundup

High Schools

November 13, 1999|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Top-ranked Centennial used its strong net game last night to dominate visiting Gwynn Park of Prince George's County, 15-1, 15-7, 15-9, and win the Class 2A, South Region volleyball championship.

The Eagles (16-2) advance to the state tournament for the fourth straight time and the eighth time in the 1990s. Going after their ninth state title, the Eagles have won eight titles in the past 10 years and have won the most championships in state tournament history.

In Wednesday night's state semifinal at CCBC-Essex, the Eagles will play No. 11 Hereford.

Last night, Carolyn Dougherty had nine kills, Amanda Olson eight and Kim Emrich six. while Vanessa Neuworth had 14 assists and Michelle Ledonne added 10. Julija Sajauskas had 10 digs and Beth Stradling was 13-for-13 serving, with five aces.

Olson also had five point blocks that were critical in securing the Eagles' domination at the net.

"We watched their two big hitters warm up and we saw that they hit predominantly cross court," said Eagles coach Mike Bossom. "We blocked them three straight times and went up 4-0. We were able to make some adjustments at the beginning of the match and we blocked their big hitters and that frustrated them."

No. 5 Francis Scott Key 3, Northwest 0: The visiting Eagles, who last won a state title in 1996, advance to the state semifinals with a 15-7, 15-2, 15-5 victory over the Montgomery County school in the Class 2A, West Region final. Sam Stambaugh had 10 kills and Carrie Ness contributed 27 assists. The Eagles (16-2) will meet North Caroline of Caroline County in Wednesday's semifinal at CCBC-Essex.

No. 11 Hereford 3, No. 10 Towson 2: The visiting Bulls (18-1) avenged an earlier three-game sweep by the Generals (15-5) with a 15-9, 15-10, 8-15, 11-15, 15-3 victory for the Class 2A, North Region title. Tara Clarke had 11 kills and Rachel Wilke 10 to boost the Bulls into the state semifinals for a second straight year.

Class 4A

No. 3 Dulaney 3, Woodlawn 0: The Lions (18-0) rolled into the state tournament for a second straight year with a 15-2, 15-2, 15-2 victory over the Warriors (7-9) in the North Region final. Erin Reinhardt had 19 assists and the host Lions missed only one serve. They advance to Tuesday night's state semifinal at CCBC-Essex.

No. 4 Severna Park 3, Arundel 1: Liz Karriker had 16 kills and Lauren Briggs and Lauren Bessire contributed eight each as the host Falcons successfully defended their East Region title. Meg Boyd had 37 assists in the 13-15, 15-13, 15-7, 15-4 victory. The Falcons (15-3) advance to Tuesday night's semifinal at CCBC-Essex, where they will meet Montgomery County's Blair, a three-game winner over defending champ Whitman.

Class 3A

Bel Air 3, Dundalk 0: The Bobcats return to the state tournament for the first time in 10 years after a 15-10, 16-14, 15-4 sweep of the host Owls (9-7) in the North Region final. Jill Wittnebel had eight kills for the Bobcats (12-4), who advance to Wednesday night's state semifinal at CCBC-Essex.

Class 1A

Sparrows Point 3, Pikesville 0: Meghan Booth had 12 kills in the visiting Pointers' 15-4, 15-6, 16-14 North Region final win, sending them to the state tournament for the second time in three years. The Pointers (16-2) will play their state semifinal match Tuesday night at CCBC-Essex.

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