Severna Park roars back, wins county title

Falcons top Broadneck with rally from 2 down


High School

October 31, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Top-ranked Severna Park turned a negative into a positive by overcoming a 2-0 deficit to take three games in a row and defeat No. 5 Broadneck, 3-2, for the Anne Arundel County volleyball championship last night at Glen Burnie High School.

The Falcons (16-0) showed why they are ranked No. 1 by bouncing back from a 14-3 deficit in the second game to tie it at 14 and then again at 15. Though they lost that game, 17-15, the adrenaline was flowing and the fire was started.

Severna Park rolled, 15-4 and 15-6, in Games 3 and 4, and pulled away from a 9-7 lead to win the clincher, 15-7, over the defending county champion Bruins (12-3).

Did the Falcons gain momentum from Game 2 despite falling two games behind?

"Definitely, we knew we had to come back and win," said senior hitter Lauren Klau, who had 20 kills, 16 digs, one ace and was 17-for-18 serving.

"We would have lost our title again to them, and we couldn't let that happen. We had to take this title away from them. We had to. There are six seniors on the team and it was more of a pride thing, and we played at the top of our game the last three games."

The other five seniors contributed as well.

Marti Hause was 21-for-23 serving with five aces and served the last four points in the finale. Setter Megan Boyd had 41 assists while going 17-for-19 serving with five kills and three aces.

Robin Koethcke was 14-for-16 at the service line with three kills, two aces and a game-high 27 digs. The other seniors, Andrea Krzystan and Christina Grempler, had 21 digs and 11 kills each, respectively.

The victory completed a dream season for rookie coach Julie Allen, whose emotions turned from testy to ecstasy.

"I told them after the second game, `You guys have to make a decision on whether you want to play or not,' " Allen said. "We've been having trouble starting slow all season. I'm so excited and couldn't be more proud of them."

Severna Park last won the county championship in 1999 under Allen's former coach, Tim Dunbar, who stepped down after that season, giving way to his former assistant, Justin McCabe. McCabe coached only one season and lost to Broadneck in the county and regional finals.

In 13 seasons, Dunbar won an Anne Arundel County-record 11 titles, the past five in succession, with that string starting in Allen's Player of the Year senior season.

Allen set a slew of records at UNC-Wilmington before returning to her alma mater as coach.

Allen switched the lineup in the third game, with junior Amanda Ingle moving to the back row. Ingle, whom Allen calls her "best defensive player," ignited the Falcons and finished 17-for-18 serving with two aces.

Broadneck got outstanding efforts from Erin Farabaugh, Malorie Parker and Cristin Van Dyke, but made too many mistakes, according to coach Romonzo Beans.

"We just made too many mental errors," Beans said. "We knew what we needed to do, but we just didn't do it. We're looking forward to the regional. We learned from this and have to move on."

Severna Park played host to Broadneck in it 3-1 regular-season victory on Oct. 4, and while the Falcons got it done in four sets that day, the match was a lot closer than the score indicated.

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