No. 14 J. Carroll spikes backyard volleyball rival

C. Milton Wright swept in battle of Bel Air teams

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October 15, 2002|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Now that John Carroll's volleyball team has left the Harford County league, last night's victory over C. Milton Wright won't win the Patriots a crown, but it does give them bragging rights in their own Bel Air backyard.

The unbeaten and No. 14 Patriots, who now play in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference, swept the No. 11 Mustangs, 15-13, 15-13, 15-2.

"This means a lot, because they're the toughest competition in the area," said the Patriots' power-hitting, 6-foot-1 junior, Kayani Turner. "Our defense and our team unity made the difference. It meant a lot for us to stick together through the whole thing. We stayed focused."

Turner, who leads the metro area in kills per game with 4.6, had 10 last night and setter Margaret Luppino had 15 assists. But that determined back court defense, led by defensive specialists Cati Horn and Kristin Spieker, saved the Patriots (12-0, 8-0 conference).

While Horn, Spieker and company were digging up just about every ball, the host Mustangs (9-2, 6-0 county) struggled. They led the first game 13-10 and the second 13-12, but inconsistent hitting, eight service errors and a lack of communication that allowed four balls in the second game to hit the floor uncontested doomed the Mustangs.

"We just didn't communicate," said Mustangs senior Jessica Allen, who had 11 kills in the match. "By the end we got so frustrated, we couldn't bring it back. Volleyball is a mental game and our heads just weren't in it today."

Mavs put Gators in title tilt

Eastern Tech's 2-1 overtime girls soccer victory over Parkville last week was a big win for the Mavericks, but it proved even bigger for No. 4 Perry Hall.

The No. 10 Mavericks beat their second-ranked opponent and, in doing so, handed defending champion Perry Hall a berth in the Baltimore County championship game by knocking No. 12 Parkville out of contention.

The Gators (9-1) head to Parkville today for their final division game, but the outcome doesn't matter. At 6-0 in Division I, the Gators already have nosed out the Mavericks (9-1-1, 4-1-1), Franklin (5-3-2, 3-1-1) and Parkville (8-2, 3-2) in one of the most cluttered division races in recent years.

For the Mavericks, Stephanie Gutowski's two goals, especially the game-winner in the 84th minute on a cross from Erika Stimmel, made the difference against Parkville, along with keeper Katlin Hassell's 15 saves.

Raiders rolling, too

Loch Raven clinched the other spot in the Baltimore County girls soccer final with its 2-1 win over Hereford. Jen Hild and Ali Kiernan scored the goals. Danielle Nicholson and Laurie Goon each had an assist.

The Raiders (8-2, 8-0) also beat the other Division II contender, Dulaney, 3-1. Even if the Raiders were to drop today's division finale vs. Towson, they would still take the top spot.

The county championship, Loch Raven vs. Perry Hall, is scheduled for Oct. 23 at a site to be determined, but the rivals will stage a preview when the Raiders travel to Perry Hall tomorrow night at 5:30.

Hockey race tightens

After dropping the first two games of the season, Dulaney's field hockey team has won seven straight to remain in contention for the county crown.

The top two teams in Baltimore County's tough Heron Division will battle it out Thursday afternoon for the title. Although No. 1 Towson and No. 8 Hereford are the top contenders, the Lions could knock the Bulls out of the title game by beating them tomorrow afternoon.

Towson, which nipped Hereford, 1-0, for the title last year, has a lock on the top spot after beating the Bulls, 1-0, in overtime. The Generals (12-0, 9-0) are a game ahead of the Bulls (9-2, 8-1).

The Lions (8-2, 7-2) stand third in the division, but a win over the Bulls tomorrow would result in a tie for second and send the Lions to the title game because the deciding factor is head-to-head competition.

After opening their season with losses to Towson and Perry Hall, the Lions have regrouped, led by Paige Creighton with six goals and six assists.

Kelly Watts has seven goals and an assist while Greta Ostheller has six goals and an assist. Defenders Kara Parker, Meghan Purcell, Saranne Perman, Allie Lundell and goalie Laura Kay have four shutouts.

Should rain disrupt tomorrow's games, the final likely would be 3:45 p.m. Monday.

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