Severna Park outlasts Broadneck

No. 9 Falcons trump No. 7 Bruins in five games


October 04, 2002|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

They are neighborhood rivals and perennial volleyball powers in Anne Arundel County, and last night, No. 9 Severna Park and No. 7 Broadneck staged a classic in Cape St. Claire.

The match was so hotly contested, with players on both sides sliding, running, jumping and diving, that the Broadneck gym floor had as much perspiration on it as the players.

Visiting Severna Park outlasted the Bruins, 12-15, 15-9, 14-16, 15-13, 16-14, in a five-game marathon that took 2 hours, 45 minutes to play.

"It was hot and tiring," said Severna Park junior hitter Lynn Cipollone.

"It was great competition. We couldn't get a team better to play than that. It was just awesome. Both teams pushed it out, and we really had to fight to the end to get that."

Cipollone was 26-for-29 serving for the Falcons (5-3), with six aces, 21 kills, two blocks and an incredible 37 digs. Her nonstop hustle, intensity and power hitting carried the victors in the fifth and final set.

The last game was symbolic of the closeness of the two teams and the overall match as it was tied at 11, 12, 13 and 14, with Cipollone delivering one big hit or kill after another. It was a prolific display by the second-year starter.

"I was pumped," Cipollone said.

"I came into this game ready to play and I was looking forward to it all week. It's the big rivalry, Severna Park and Broadneck volleyball."

Junior setter Rachael Caruso, who was 30-for-32 serving with two aces, 38 assists and 17 digs, served the Falcons' 15th point in the last game.

Katherine O'Brien, who had 13 kills, five blocks and 14 digs, delivered the 16th point to end it.

Other Falcons who contributed were Emily Callison (18-for-21 serving, two aces, 32 digs), Amanda Ingle (23-for-23 serving, one ace, 24 digs) and Laura Hertzman (five kills, one block and nine digs).

"They brought out some of the good stuff we know how to do and also caused us to have some errors," said Bruins coach Romonzo Beans.

"I think we are still a better team, and that's still going to come out."

Senior setter Hallie Fuller had 28 assists, 16 kills, two blocks and four digs for the Bruins (5-2). Other Bruins standouts were Cristin Van Dyke (13 kills, eight blocks), Karen Powroznik (6-for-8 serving, five digs), Melissa Golob (two aces, three kills and eight digs) and Christina Green (six aces, seven kills, two blocks and five digs).

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