Severna Park overcomes Liberty, gains final

Falcons nearly flawless from serving line in win

Class 3A volleyball

November 15, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

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, who also had eight kills and three blocks.

"We wouldn't be where we are if it wasn't for Julie. She's an amazing coach."

Julie Allen, a graduate of Severna Park, now has a chance to take home a state title in her rookie coaching season.

Severna Park is 5-5 in state finals, its last championship coming in 1993. Its last runner-up finish came in 1998 in Class 4A.

No. 6 Liberty was making its fourth appearance in the semifinals and has never won a state championship.

Last night, the Lions, who have no 6-footers and three players at 5-10, faced a focused Severna Park team that has two 6-footers in Klau at 6-1 and 6-3 Christina Grempler, plus four players at 5-10.

"Their size affected our hitting, which I think probably caused some of our mistakes," said Trumbo.

Grempler, whose lateral movement is excellent, was the Lions' strength at the net, with a match-high nine blocks. The senior also had four of her five kills in the third game, when the Falcons closed it out.

Liberty hung in with the No. 1 team thanks to eight kills by Becky Trumbo, seven by Joanne Brophy and five each from Becky Neubauer and Lauren Ford. Lions setter Laura Shand had 28 assists in the loss.

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