Severna Park overcomes Liberty, advances to 3A final

Dulaney's run is stopped by Northern-Cal. County

Volleyball roundup

November 15, 2001

Severna Park's near-perfect serving and height advantage enabled the top-ranked Falcons to sweep a fine Liberty team in last night's Class 3A volleyball semifinal at CCBC-Essex.

Serving an incredible 61-for-62, the Falcons won by scores of 16-14, 15-12 and 15-12 over the No. 6 Lions. The Falcons remained undefeated at 20-0 while the Lions (17-1) dropped their first match.

Setter Megan Boyd, who had 20 assists, was a perfect 14-for-14 serving, while hitter Lauren Klau was 20-for-21 with three aces to pace four Falcons seniors and junior Amanda Ingle, who was 11-for-11.

The other seniors, Marti Hause and Robin Keothcke, were 9-for-9 and 7-for-7, respectively.

"We were in each game, but made uncharacteristic mistakes, plenty," said Liberty coach Dave Trumbo. "I thought the key was we passed well, but they served well."

The Falcons advanced to their 11th final in their 14th appearance in the state tournament, though their first in Class 3A, and will play seven-time state champion Northern-Calvert (17-1) Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at CCBC-Catonsville.

Northern, which defeated No. 4 Dulaney, 15-7, 15-8, 15-11, in the other semifinal, has won the last two 3A finals.

"We can't wait for Saturday, we're so pumped," said Klau.

-- Pat O'Malley

Northern-Calvert County 3, Dulaney 0: All season, the fourth-ranked Dulaney volleyball team has overachieved despite struggling through a rash of injuries. Last night, the Lions' luck ran out.

With four players recently promoted from the Baltimore County-champion JV team in the lineup and without star junior middle hitter Jennifer Wylie, out most of the season with foot problems, Dulaney was swept out of the Class 3A state semifinals at CCBC-Essex by Northern-Calvert County, 15-7, 15-8, 15-11.

Northern (17-1), the two-time defending 3A champion, will play for its eighth state title against No. 1 Severna Park (20-0) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at CCBC-Catonsville. The Patriots, who have won seven straight matches, have won a state title in six of the last seven years.

"It's tough to make adjustments when you are not used to the speed of what's going on out there," said Dulaney coach Ian Blanchard, whose team was making its fourth straight trip to the state semifinals.

-- Nathan Max

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