Net results impressive so far for Severna Park volleyball

SIDELINES

September 09, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

With victories over two Baltimore-area ranked teams already, the No. 3 ranked Severna Park volleyball team hopes to add a Washington-area power to its fast start under rookie coach Julie Allen when the Falcons play host to Calvert High at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The Cavaliers are a perennial Calvert County power trying to get by seven-time state champion Northern. Calvert is ranked No. 3 by The Washington Post. Northern is No. 1.

Severna Park opened this past week with victories on the road over No. 10 C. Milton Wright and No. 2 Towson by scores of 3-0 and 3-1, respectively. Former Falcons coach Tim Dunbar looked on proudly from the stands at Towson.

Dunbar was Allen's coach when she was a two-time All-Metro hitter in 1994 and 1995 and the Anne Arundel County Player of the Year in '95.

"I've been listening to the girls in the halls at Severna Park talking about how much they like playing for Julie," said Dunbar, who teaches at Severna Park. He resigned as coach there after the 1999 season.

Allen, who went on to set a host of records at UNC-Wilmington, has the Falcons rolling after last year's 14-5 season under coach Justin McCabe.

"They're doing well and understand my emphasis on defense," Allen said.

Tuesday, Severna Park can avenge last year's 3-0 loss to Calvert.

As impressive as the Falcons were in outlasting Towson, a Class 2A state semifinalist last season, they should be even stronger Tuesday with sophomore hitter Lynn Cipollone returning from an ankle injury.

The 5-foot-8 Cipollone is expected to be a force on the outside. Two-time All-County hitter Lauren Klau (6-1) moved to the outside in the absence of Cipollone and had 18 kills and 17 digs.

Klau is, however, quite a force in the middle, where she will be Tuesday along with 6-3 Christinia Grempler. Grempler was awesome with 13 blocks at Towson.

Defending 4A East Regional and county champion Broadneck opens Thursday at North County (1-0). The No. 6 Bruins were 19-2 and a 4A state finalist last year and don't meet Severna Park until Oct. 4.

Home sweet home

Four of the 12 Anne Arundel County public school football coaches are guiding their alma mater. In a bit of a stretch, that group could be extended to five. North County's Greg Justice played at Andover, which merged with Brooklyn Park to form North County.

The other four are: Chuck Markiewicz (Arundel), Kenny Gray (Meade), Mike Cotham (Northeast) and Mike Marcus (Old Mill).

Sideliners

Three unsuccessful football coaching debuts Friday: Markiewicz's Arundel team lost to Old Mill, 41-12; Justice's North County lost to Chesapeake, 28-20; and Gary Wrenn's South River lost to Glen Burnie, 35-7. ... Coach Tom Taylor's debut as Glen Burnie girls soccer coach was spoiled by Annapolis, 2-1, in double overtime. Taylor, who coached at North County, is the CCBC-Catonsville women's lacrosse coach. ... Annapolis senior end Greg Powell is a Canadian transfer and the nephew of Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Famer Alan Pastrana, who played at Annapolis, Maryland and in the NFL. ... The Archbishop Spalding athletic program is about to get another generous contribution from the Peroutka brothers, Steve and Michael, local attorneys who are holding their 15th Charity Golf Tournament at Walden Country Club tomorrow.

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