It's nip and tuck, but Broadneck pulls away from Severna Park

Third-ranked Bruins rally after dropping first game

Volleyball

High Schools

October 01, 2003|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

It was a typically intense Broadneck-Severna Park volleyball match yesterday in Cape St. Claire.

After dropping the first game, 25-22, to the Falcons, the host Bruins reeled off three in a row, 25-21, 25-15, 29-27, in the annual matchup of Anne Arundel County's perennial top two teams. The defending Class 4A state champion Bruins' 3-1 victory over the defending county champs was closer than the final score indicated.

"It was a dueling match back and forth, but we hurt ourselves and broke down in communication and passing in games 2 and 3," said Falcons coach Julie Allen.

Third-ranked Broadneck (6-1 overall, 4-0 league) out-hit No. 6 Severna Park (5-2, 3-1) and served more aggressively.

"We out-hit them, plain and simple," said Broadneck coach Romonzo Beans. "We had a lot of hitting errors, but we knew playing a tough team. But if you hit hard, it'll come."

The intensity was at a high pitch from the start as the Falcons pulled away on the hitting of seniors Lynn Cipollone (17 kills, three blocks and 10 digs) and Katherine O'Brien (seven kills, nine blocks) and sophomore Ashlee Allen (eight kills, two blocks, eight digs). Game 2 featured 14 ties, the last at 21, before the Bruins scored four unanswered points to win.

"We had to beat them because all of our sports teams had lost [today]," said Broadneck senior hitter and leader Dana Mullenhard. "The intensity of our team was a lot more upbeat. And we had some awesome hitting and blocking."

Until the third game, the four-point margin of victory in Game 2 by the Bruins was the biggest lead. Sophomore setter Stephanie Carey, who was 11-for-11 serving and had a match-high 44 assists, began setting the table for the Bruins' big hitters, Dana Mullenhard, Allie Woods, left-hander Christina Greene and Mandy Gerolstein.

"It was very exciting," said Gerolstein, a 6-foot-2 senior middle hitter, who got her first taste on the rivalry where the players either play on the same team or against each other in club volleyball. " ... You don't have to be at Broadneck your whole life to be part of this."

Gerolstein, a 4.0 grade-point-average student who resides in the Old Mill district in Millersville, received a Board of Education-approved academic transfer to Broadneck for her senior year.

Gerolstein complements Mullenhard (5-11), and the two were dominant at the net last night. Gerolstein had 11 kills, a match-high 12 blocks and was 20-for-21 serving with six aces. Mullenhard had eight kills and five blocks and was 15-for-16 serving with four aces.

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