Towson again looks for Bulldog boost

No. 1 volleyball team sees tourney as testing ground

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High Schools

October 04, 2002|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Playing well in North Caroline's prestigious Bulldog Tournament can be a turning point for any volleyball team. Just ask Towson coach Jayne Lacy.

A terrific performance in last year's tournament on the Eastern Shore helped catapult Towson to Baltimore County and Class 2A state championships.

The No. 1 Generals (6-0) won 14 of 16 games in last year's tournament, finishing second to Calvert in a tight, best-of-three-games title match.

"Win or lose, you always come back a better team because you're playing such great teams," Lacy said. "That tournament really turned us around last year, because you just don't have that type of competition week in and week out, so you really have to be on your toes the entire day.

"You learn more about your game in that one day than you have in the last five matches you've played. And spending the whole day together as a team has a lot do with team cohesiveness."

This year, four of The Sun's top six teams - Towson, No. 2 Glenelg, No. 4 Dulaney and No. 6 Mount Hebron - as well as Western are headed to the Bulldog Tournament. The 12-team field also includes perennial powers Calvert, the defending Bulldog champion; and Northern, as well as North East, James M. Bennett, Patuxent and Elizabeth Seton.

Last year, Towson swept 2000 state champion Centennial and Northern, of Calvert County, to reach the final. In the title match, Calvert edged the Generals, 11-15, 15-13, 17-15.

"To play with all these really good teams gives you the confidence that you're a really good team," said All-Metro hitter Stephanie Kines.

Running off course

Mercy's 10th-ranked girls cross country team scored a win over No. 7 Maryvale on Wednesday, but it's not a victory coach Randy Fowler will take.

Fowler said the course - Archbishop Spalding's home course at Generals Park - was not marked.

As a result, Maryvale twins Glenna and Kelly Sullivan, running 30 yards ahead of the competition, took a wrong turn about a half-mile from the finish. They ran about a quarter-mile out of their way and, by the time they got back on course, they had lost the lead.

Maryvale athletic director Helen Macaulay said Spalding did have someone go out to direct runners in the final half-mile, but the Sullivan twins got there first.

Maryvale coach Jim McCoach protested the meet. Fowler agreed, adding that the final result should have been Maryvale 25, Mercy 30.

"I told Jim when we got there, it was going to be a disaster. The only kids who knew where to go were the Spalding runners," Fowler said. "I'm not going to take a win like that."

Instead, Fowler will count next Wednesday's meet at Oregon Ridge as the official Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland result.

That meet will be a preview of the IAAM championships because it includes No. 1 Bryn Mawr and its double threat of Nyam Kagwima and Laura Drossner, as well as Mount de Sales.

Gagnon leaves post

Mary Gagnon has retired as coach of the Mount de Sales girls lacrosse team after six seasons, turning the helm over to Sailors alumna Amy Buck Donohue. Another alum, Chandler Vicchio, who helped Georgetown reach the NCAA final in May, will be Donohue's assistant.

The Baltimore City/County Coach of the Year in 2000, Gagnon said she wanted to spend more time with her children. She gave birth to her fifth child Aug. 26 and now has five children under the age of 9.

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