Severna Park captures 3A East title perfectly

Towson, Dulaney lead group of runaway winners

Volleyball roundup

High Schools

November 10, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

To come home to Severna Park and lead the volleyball team to county and regional titles in her first year has proven to be special for coach Julie Allen.

It is an experience that could only be topped by going undefeated and winning a state title.

Allen and her No. 1-ranked Falcons took another step closer to doing just that last night on their home court, where Severna Park won the Class 3A East Regional title over Prince George's Gwynn Park, 15-10, 15-3, 15-10.

With the victory, the Falcons (19-0) advanced to the 3A state semifinals Wednesday at the CCBC-Essex to face No. 9 Liberty, the winner of the West Region.

Did rookie coach Allen expect to be making the trip to the final four?

"I expected us to have a strong season, because I knew we had some big players coming back," Allen said.

"I knew we would do well, but I didn't know how well. I didn't know how they would adjust to me as a new coach, but it's been a lot of fun."

While it is Allen's first region title as a coach, it is the school's first since 1999 and the 13th overall. The Falcons have won five state titles. Allen played on the last championship team as a sophomore in 1993.

"It's kinda like going down memory lane," she said.

Severna Park's serving strength showed again against a team that upset No. 5 River Hill in Wednesday's region semifinals.

The Falcons' top four servers were a combined 39-for-42 which is a gaudy .929 percent.

In typical Falcons fashion, they spotted the Yellow Jackets (15-2) early leads in all three games, only to roar back and win each time.

No. 2 Towson 3, Owings Mills 0: Emily Berman recorded 17 kills and Ashley Windish contributed 13 as the host Generals (17-1) cruised past the Eagles, 15-1, 15-5, 15-3, in the 2A North Regional final.

Towson, which has won 17 straight matches and 33 straight games after dropping its opener to Severna Park, also got 10 kills each from Katie Gwiazdowski and Stephanie Kines, and a game-high 43 assists from setter Michelle Clark.

The Generals advanced to the state semifinals against Lackey at CCBC-Essex on Wednesday.

No. 3 Broadneck 3, Westminster 1: The Bruins advanced to their second straight final four with a 15-9, 15-17, 15-3, 16-14 win over the host Owls in the 4A East Regional final.

Junior setter Hallie Fuller led the match with 49 assists for the Bruins and senior outside hitter Nina Mullenhard went 17-for-19 from the service line.

No. 4 Dulaney 3, Fallston 0: The host Lions (15-2) overcame a slow start and blew past the Cougars, 15-9, 15-6, 15-0, in the Class 3A North Regional final to advance to the state semifinals against Northern-Calvert.

Senior outside hitter Veronica Briggs led the win, racking up 15 kills, 11 digs and seven aces. Junior setter Bruna Fonseca added a game-high 32 assists for Dulaney, which won the past two state Class 4A titles.

No. 9 Liberty 3, Northwest 0: The Lions (17-0) will return to the state tournament after a three-year hiatus, thanks to a 15-8, 15-7, 15-1 victory over the Jaguars from Germantown in the Class 3A West Regional final at Northwest.

Senior Becky Neubauer had 13 digs and won 15 points on her serve, and junior setter Laura Shand had 24 assists.

The Lions trailed 7-1 in the second game, prompting coach Dave Trumbo to call a timeout, which resulted in a match-closing 29-1 run.

No. 13 Loch Raven 3, Havre de Grace 0: Senior setter Heather Funk led a strong service effort with 10 aces, helping the Raiders (14-1) win the 1A North Regional final over the host Warriors, 15-5, 15-3, 15-4.

Loch Raven advanced to the state semifinals against either Smithsburg or South Hagerstown.

Western 3, Woodlawn 0: In straight games, the Doves cruised to the Class 4A North Regional title, downing the visiting Warriors, 15-6, 15-7, 15-5.

It is the first regional title since 1994 for the Doves. Western advances to the state semifinals at CCBC-Essex and will play Eleanor Roosevelt.

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