Northern-Calvert sweeps Dulaney in Class 3A semifinal

Towson's middle strength ousts Lackey in Class 2A

Volleyball roundup

November 15, 2001

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

Towson 3, Lackey 0: After No. 2 Towson ran up a 6-0 lead in the first game of the state Class 2A volleyball semifinal against Lackey, the Generals' fans began chanting, "It's all over. It's all over."

They weren't exactly right, but they weren't far off.

About 40 minutes later, the Generals emerged with a 15-1, 15-9, 15-5 victory at CCBC-Essex to advance to the state final for the first time since 1977.

"We're all really excited," said Towson setter Michelle Clarke. "This is what we've been working for all season. From the start, our goal was to get to states to and win states."

Last year, the Generals made it to the state semifinals only to be eliminated by eventual champion Centennial. This time, Glenelg knocked four-time defending champ Centennial out in the regional semifinals.

The Generals (18-1) will meet No. 5 Glenelg for the title Saturday at noon at CCBC-Catonsville.

Last night, the Generals won their 18th straight match with a dominating middle presence. Middle hitters Stephanie Kines and Emily Berman had 10 kills each and they faced, at most, a single blocker.

"Stephanie and I had to take advantage of that," said Berman, a 6-1 junior. "Without a block, we can put it away easily. We both did what we needed to do."-- Katherine Dunn

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