Severna Park overcomes Liberty, advances to 3A final

Glenelg sweats out 2A win over Decatur

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, who also had eight kills and three blocks.

-- Pat O'Malley

Glenelg 3, Stephen Decatur 0: Glenelg volleyball coach Jen Beall tried yelling. She tried begging. She even tried motivational speaking, and still nothing was working.

The heavily favored Gladiators were playing flat, and they were in danger of losing to Worcester County's Stephen Decatur in the Class 2A state semifinals at CCBC-Essex.

Finally, she tried bribery.

"I told them if they'd suck it up and win, I'd buy them sweat pants," Beall said. "When we won regionals, I got them sweat shirts. Nothing else was working, so I figured I'd try to bribe them."

Never underestimate the power and the promise of sweat pants. The fifth-ranked Gladiators took Beall's offer and ran with it, rallying from a 2-1 deficit to defeat the Seahawks, 13-15, 15-8, 14-16, 15-7, 15-13, to advance to the 2A state championship game against No. 2 Towson at noon Saturday at CCBC-Catonsville.

-- Kevin Van Valkenburg

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