Senior-led locals qualify for volleyball nationals

Del. loses Chesapeake final

3-0 Franklin fills tennis void

High Schools

April 11, 2001|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

All-Metro volleyball players Kallie Wasserman and Ericka Butler never got a chance to play in a state tournament. They will, however, get a chance to play in a national tournament.

Wasserman, a senior at Owings Mills, and Butler, a senior at Western, led their Time Out For Sports Orange Crush 17-and-under club team to its second straight Chesapeake region title Sunday.

The victory - 25-13, 25-15 over the Clash 17's from Delaware - gave the Orange Crush an automatic bid to the USA Volleyball Junior National Championships in Salt Lake City in July.

"This is bigger than winning a state championship," said Orange Crush coach Ian Blanchard, who has coached Dulaney to back-to-back state Class 4A titles. "It's great for the kids. It's great for Baltimore County - and Baltimore City, now that we've added Ericka."

The team also includes Dulaney's Jen Wylie (a second-team All-Metro pick), Veronica Briggs and Bruna Fonseca, Towson's Stephanie Kines (second team All-Metro), Michelle Clarke and Ashley Windisch, Beth Tfiloh's Becky Auster and Perry Hall's Abby Petrecca.

Franklin still flying

After winning every match in Baltimore County's 3A-4A Division over the last three years, Franklin's tennis team hasn't missed a beat despite losing its No. 1 girls singles player, Beatrice Grasu, to foot surgery for the first few weeks of the season.

The Indians are 3-0 this spring and 33-0 in division play since the beginning of the 1998 season.

Grasu, the defending county champ and last year's state runner-up, has been able to practice a little and might return to the lineup next week.

But she will have to challenge the Indians' new unbeaten No. 1, Brooke Rogers, to get the top spot back. Rogers also has quite a resume - county champ at No. 2 singles last season and fourth-place finisher in the state tournament.

Perhaps the key player in Grasu's absence has been senior Lesley Dotson. Part of a county champion doubles team last season, Dotson stepped into the No. 2 singles spot and has won all of her matches.

Not to be outdone, the Indians' top two boys singles players, David Abarbanel and Hirsh Goldberg, also remain unbeaten.

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