Sev. Park digs deep, buries Broadneck, 3-1

8-0 run by No. 1 Falcons clinches 4th game, 16-14

Volleyball

High Schools

October 05, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Just when it looked as if the volleyball match would go five games, top-ranked Severna Park's service game and defense came alive, rallying the Falcons from a huge deficit to a 16-14 game win and 3-1 victory over No. 6 Broadneck yesterday.

The neighboring rivals draw a large crowd when they play, and yesterday was no different; even a chipmunk got in. Stopping play in the first game, won 15-10 by Broadneck, the chipmunk scampered across the floor before being ushered out by a Severna Park janitor.

The lively little animal proved a bearer of bad luck for the visiting Bruins (6-2) who dropped the next three games by scores of 15-7, 15-11 and 16-14.

"That was our toughest match of the season," said Falcons coach Julie Allen, who cited the defensive play of Andrea Krzystan (17 digs) and Robin Koethcke (12 digs) as key to the team's success.

Severna Park (9-0) fell behind by seven in the final game and trailed 14-8 before scoring eight unanswered points to clinch the game and match. Senior Lauren Klau's hit ended it.

"You have a chance to come back in volleyball," said the 6-foot-1 Klau, a two-time All-County player. "They have a great defense, but it came down to who had the most heart and wanted it the most."

Serving depth with Megan Boyd (16-for-18), Amanda Engle (17-for-18), Koethcke (18-for-20) and Marti Hause (14-for-17) ignited the Falcons. And the hitting of Klau (13 kills, eight blocks), Christina Grempler (10 kills, three blocks), and the team's only sophomore, Lynn Cipollone (nine kills), sparked the victory.

"We got a little tentative and really forgot who is defending champion," said Bruins coach Romonzo Beans.

The win was especially gratifying win for Klau and the six other seniors who lost two out of three to the Bruins, a Class 4A state finalist last fall. Broadneck stunned the Falcons in both the county and 4A East Region finals, but the two teams will not play three times this year.

With Severna Park moving to Class 3A, the only possible rematch would be in the county championship, which pits the top two teams.

"It's amazing, definitely [a] great feeling," said Klau, whose sentiments were echoed by Boyd, a returning All-County setter who was doubtful when the week started after suffering a minor whiplash injury Friday in an auto accident.

"I had really bad chest pains that came back when I moved certain ways [last night] in the fourth game," said Boyd. "I don't know if I could have played a fifth game."

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