2nd time around, Broadneck prevails

'00 runner-up defeats E. Roosevelt in final

Class 4A volleyball

November 18, 2001|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Mission accomplished.

A year after its first appearance in the state volleyball championship game, No. 3 Broadneck took home the Class 4A title trophy last night after topping Eleanor Roosevelt, 12-15, 15-11, 15-5, 15-4, at CCBC-Catonsville.

"This means a lot, coming back here and actually winning. This is a great feeling," said junior setter Hallie Fuller. "This is the first state [volleyball] title we've ever had at Broadneck and we're just so happy."

A year ago, the Bruins (17-3) fell to Dulaney in the title game and that feeling stuck with them. From the start of this season, they plotted their victory.

In typical fashion, the Bruins started off slowly last night, but they sure closed fast.

Five Bruins' hitting errors helped the Raiders (15-4) roll up a 12-4 lead in the first game. Broadneck closed to within 14-12 before a net violation gave the Raiders the game. After that, the Bruins cruised to a 14-3 lead in the second and had little trouble putting away the Raiders, who were in the final for the first time since 1986.

"It takes about a game for us to get warmed up," Fuller said, "especially today, because it's been a long day before the game at 5 o'clock. One game to warm us up worked. We came out here second game and kicked some butt."

Mallorie Parker, a 6-foot-1 middle blocker, led the Bruins with seven kills and eight blocks while Meredith DellaGustino added 10 kills and Erin Farabaugh had six.

But it was the Bruins' defense, led by Parker's blocking, that carried them to victory.

"Broadneck has awesome blockers," said Raiders first-year coach Lisa Cline, a former standout at Northern of Calvert. "They have big girls up there and they're coached very well. During our regular season, we don't see a lot of big blockers."

Coach Romonzo Beans said defense has been critical to his Bruins' success.

"We really pushed, as a team, to make our defense strong," Beans said. "We were communicating a lot on the blocks. It really gave them a different look that they were not just relying on our hitters anymore. Everyone had a job to do and they were all just going after every ball."

Fuller, who contributed 20 assists, had two especially impressive digs on balls that seemed certain to have hit the floor. The second came in the match-closing run and helped set up a Farabaugh kill for a 14-4 lead. Farabaugh then closed out the match with a kill that clipped the net and fell over.

Class 1A

Smithsburg 3, Williamsport 2: In an all-Washington County finale, the Leopards (19-0) won a marathon match, 15-6, 15-9, 13-15, 7-15, 15-5, to take their second straight title. Heather Ashley had 28 kills for the Leopards, who had not lost a game all season, and Meggie Miller had 20 for the Wildcats (16-3). This was the 10th time in 14 years that one of these teams has won the 1A state title.

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