Perfection gets C.M. Wright a fifth straight county title

Beating upstart Edgewood earns a 7-0 Harford record


October 23, 2002|By Sam Atkinson | Sam Atkinson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The 14th-ranked C. Milton Wright volleyball team stole a page out of upstart No. 15 Edgewood's playbook to claim its fifth straight Harford County championship yesterday in Bel Air.

The host Mustangs (11-2, 7-0) were focused on the task at hand and defeated Edgewood, 15-13, 5-15, 15-2, 15-9, to finish their county schedule with a perfect record.

"It was a pretty big game. We were hoping to pull off the county championship again," said C. Milton Wright's second-team All-Metro hitter, Jessica Allen. "Knowing Edgewood has improved a lot this year we really didn't know what to expect. So we just had to go out there and give it our all."

The Rams (8-3, 6-1) have been a surprise this season as they entered the championship game as one of the last two county unbeaten teams. The Rams' first-year head coach, Frank Medley, has preached the importance of the mental aspect of the game throughout the season, but Edgewood found itself searching for that mental side for the majority of the game.

In the opening match, C. Milton Wright jumped out to a 3-0 lead and later increased it to 9-2 before the Rams could get a side out. Behind the serving of Taisha Penn and Kamil Maclin, the Rams tied the game at 13 before losing the serve. Edgewood was unable to sustain the momentum it had built and hit two Mustangs serves out of bounds to give C. Milton Wright the first match, 15-13.

"It is very important for our team to get out there and jump on them in the first game because we tend to have a little bit of difficulty with the mental game at times," said C. Milton Wright head coach Kim Mayforth. "Where if we dig ourselves a hole we have a harder time coming out of it."

Edgewood bounced back in the second game as it got off to the fast start, going up 4-0 on the Mustangs. Penn continued to serve well for the Rams, hitting two of her team-high eight aces en route to the 15-5 victory.

"I think they used the first game to warm up and then they played very well in the second game," Medley said.

C. Milton Wright showed in the third match that it had two strong servers of its own in Jenna Volk (six aces) and Christina Barry (four aces, 27 assists), who powered a 15-2 win.

"Both of them are very good consistent servers," said Mayforth. "They have hard serves that are tough to return. Jenna being left-handed throws people off as well."

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