McDonogh retains IAAM A crown

Full-strength Eagles stop season champion IND

Mt. de Sales takes IAAM B


November 04, 2001|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

When McDonogh's volleyball team played No. 12 Institute of Notre Dame during the regular season, Eagles outside hitter Mariah Daly was on a college visit.

Last night in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship, Daly made her presence known. She finished with 28 kills, including the game-winning smash that gave the Eagles an 11-15, 15-5, 15-12, 15-10 victory over Indians before a boisterous packed house at the College of Notre Dame.

In their fourth straight appearance in the final, the Eagles (14-3) won their second straight crown. They denied the regular-season champion Indians (18-2) a chance to finish unbeaten against IAAM A Conference foes.

Although the Eagles were also missing two other starters in the first meeting, defensive specialist Mallory Rosen and outside hitter Michelle Kramer, Daly proved critical to the Eagles' game plan last night, because the Indians have the toughest middle blockers in the league in 6-footers Qiana Smith (seven kills) and Brooks Webster.

"Their middles are good," said Eagles setter Jessy Morgan, who contributed 40 assists. "We had to work around them. We couldn't run the middle as often and I had to work the outside and work Mariah a lot.

"She's just a consistent outside opposite hitter who can drill the ball straight down," said Morgan. "It's great to have somebody like that on the team, a go-to hitter."

The Eagles used middle hitters Amy Lindholm (10 kills) and Trina Small to try to hold Smith and Webster in the middle and open up the outside for Daly as often as possible."[Daly] did really well, but I thought we could have our middles go over there," said IND coach Bill Murray. "At best we could maybe stop it every once in a while. They got it and then when she went to the back, that's when we made our runs usually."

The Indians looked strong in the first game and took advantage of McDonogh's mistakes. The Eagles struggled all night with their serving except for freshman Tiffany Grant, who sparked several long runs with her low, sharp serves.

The match however, turned on the third game when the Eagles took a 6-1 lead and fought off a rally that brought the Indians within 13-12. Middle blocker Trina Small had a hand in the last two points, dumping a ball that rolled the net, fell over and dropped and then combining with Daly to stuff Stefanie Jones for the game-winning point block.

The Indians tried to rebound in the fourth game after falling behind 8-3. They pulled within 13-10, but on their next rotation, Daly slammed a kill off the block for a sideout. Lindholm and Daly then finished off the match with a pair of kills.

Mount de Sales 3, Mount Carmel 0: In only their third year of volleyball, the Sailors polished off an 18-0 season last night by sweeping the Cougars (16-5) for the IAAM B Conference championship at the College Notre Dame.

Hailey Tucker and Monica Buck had seven kills each for the victors, who won just one game two years ago and finished 7-3 last season. Setter Liz Driggers contributed 16 assists and the Sailors won 20 points on Alison Voigt's serve, including four aces.

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