Severna Park gets past Towson

Generals win first game, hang tough in others

High Schools

Volleyball

September 07, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Played in a state playoff atmosphere, No. 3-ranked Severna Park took a hard earned 3-1 decision at No. 2 Towson yesterday.

The visiting Falcons dropped the first game 7-15 before closing with a sweep by scores of 16-14, 15-9 and 17-15 in what was an exceptionally well-played match for this early in the season.

Setter Megan Boyd had 31 assists and fellow seniors Lauren Klau, Christinia Grempler and Robin Koethcke dominated at the net for the victors.

The 6-1 Klau had 18 kills and 17 digs while the 6-3 Grempler had eight kills and 13 blocks. Koethcke had nine kills and 16 digs.

Severna Park is off to a 2-0 start under rookie coach Julie Allen, having beaten No. 10 C. Milton Wright, 3-0, on Tuesday by 15-7, 15-5 and 15-2.

"I stress defense, " said Allen. "I told them right from the very beginning that I'm a defensive-oriented coach."

Senior Kim Pytel and junior Amanda Ingle were the defensive standouts with 11 and eight digs each. Pytel also had five aces.

Allen was a two-time All-Metro hitter at Severna Park in 1994 and 1995 under coach Tim Dunbar before going on to tear it up at UNC-Wilmington.

Yesterday's win was more impressive than the first one for the Falcons in that they spoiled the season opener for the highly-touted Generals on the latter's home court.

The 3-1 result is rather deceiving in that Towson kept falling behind only to bounce back each of the last three games and come within striking distance of victory.

Towson was down 10-1 in the second game before tying it up at 12, trailed 10-9 before dropping the third game by six and fell behind 12-4 in the final game before roaring back with eight unanswered points to tie it at 12.

The thrilling fourth game that had the 200-plus fans rocking would be tied at 13, 14 and 15 before the Falcons rung up the decisive two points.

"The level of play for the first game of the season was encouraging to me," said Towson coach Jayne Lacy, who led the Generals to the state semis for the first time in 20 years and an overall 18-2 mark last season.

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