No. 3 Broadneck finally beats Gaithersburg again

Bruins earn 2nd semis win over Trojans in two years

Class 4A volleyball

November 14, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

After five games and 2 1/2 hours of volleyball, Broadneck had just enough energy to celebrate at CCBC-Essex last night.

The No. 3-ranked Bruins outlasted Gaithersburg of Montgomery County, 3-15, 15-13, 12-15, 15-13, 15-11, in the Class 4A state semifinals. In a marathon as competitive as a high school volleyball match gets, Broadneck earned its second straight trip to the 4A final.

It was a match that had a little of everything from strong hitting to accurate serving, penetrating kills, monster blocks and players diving all over the floor. Neither team would give up, but Broadneck had enough left to break a 13-13 tie and win.

Junior setter Hallie Fuller led the victors with 25 assists and was 27-for-29 serving. As a team, Broadneck had 26 service points in the match and also got strong performances from hitters Mallorie Parker (10 kills, seven blocks), Erin Farabaugh (five kills) and Nina Mullenhard (nine kills).

Broadneck (16-3) will play Eleanor Roosevelt at 5 p.m. Saturday at CCBC-Catonsville. The Bruins lost their first appearance in the 4A final last year to Dulaney.

Last night, the Bruins eagerly waited for Gaithersburg (17-1). The Trojans' bus was delayed and they didn't arrive until 5:40 p.m. for the 6 p.m. match that ended up starting at 6:12 p.m.

The delay didn't agree with the Bruins, who were out of sync in losing the first game, but bounced back to win the second.

Despite allowing the Bruins to overcome an 8-1 deficit in the third game, Gaithersburg, ranked third in the Washington area, hung on.

The fourth game was tied eight times before Broadneck scored the last two points to tie the match at two wins apiece.

"No question that fourth game was the one; we had to have it," said Broadneck coach Romonzo Beans.

The serving of Fuller and Mullenhard got the Bruins out to an 11-4 lead in the finale, but the Trojans came back with hitters Carrie Lagler and Lauren Weller to close the deficit to 12-9. Then it was 14-11 before the Bruins ended it.

"My girls left nothing out on the floor, cramping and dehydrating on every point," said Gaithersburg coach Michele Dillingham, whose school has not won a state title. The Trojans played in their first semifinal last season, losing three games to one to, yes, Broadneck.

Revenge was on their minds as they showed up with T-shirts that read, "We're back." But the Bruins had just a tad more to prevail.

"We just kept saying to each other, jump higher, penetrate, keep the hits down, and we played our hardest," Fuller said. "We'll be back Saturday."

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