For Bauer, Catonsville, volleyball is perfect 10

With 2 weeks left, Comets clicking with 10-0 record

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October 09, 2003|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

If anyone had told Catonsville volleyball coach Nancy Bauer early in the season that her Comets would be 10-0 with only two weeks left in the season, she never would have believed it.

"I knew there was some potential there, but back in August, it wasn't clicking at all. The first few matches were an exercise in frustration."

Still, those first few matches were wins and the Comets came together in time to beat their toughest competition to date, Kenwood, Dulaney and Parkville, all of which had been ranked in The Sun's Top 15.

Friday night's 25-17, 25-19, 25-20 win over then-No. 15 Parkville helped the Comets crack the Top 15 this week at No. 14.

Everything the Comets do spins around veteran setter Mallorie Clary, who averages 6.8 assists a game.

"Mallorie is definitely the glue that holds everything together, but we play so well as a team. There's a lot of communication and the girls genuinely enjoy being on the court together, and it shows," said Bauer, who coached for two years at Eastern Tech before moving to Catonsville this fall.

Clary has a lot of options in running her offense with senior outside hitters Katie Keller, Michelle Parry and Kim Kroner all able to put the ball down.

The Comets still have a couple of tough tests left, playing host to No. 5 Owings Mills on Tuesday and heading to No. 2 Towson on Oct. 22.

Neither Catonsville nor defending Baltimore County champion Towson has lost a match and both are in the county's Class 4A-3A Division, so their meeting could be a showdown for a spot in this year's title match on Oct. 29 likely against Owings Mills, which is unbeaten in the 2A-1A Division.

State playoffs update

There are some intriguing races developing under the new postseason football format, which calls for a four-team regional playoff before the four-team state semifinal. The top four teams in each region, based on an elaborate point system, qualify for regional play.

No. 5 Woodlawn (4-1) leads the 4A North, followed by Patterson (5-0), Perry Hall (4-1), Lake Clifton (3-1) and Kenwood (3-2). No. 9 Randallstown (4-1) tops the 3A North, followed by Bel Air (3-1), Dundalk (3-2) and Franklin (3-2).

While No. 3 Eastern Tech (5-0) is way out in front in the 2A North, Western Tech (3-0), Edmondson (4-1), City (4-1), No. 13 Hereford (3-2) and Poly (3-2) are in a tight race for the final three spots.

Aberdeen (3-1) and Edgewood (3-1) lead another nip-and-tuck chase in the 2A East, followed closely by Stephen DeCatur, Rising Sun and James M. Bennett, all of whom are 4-1.

Dunbar (4-1) trails front-runner Poolesville (5-0) of Montgomery County in 1A South, followed by No. 7 Oakland Mills (4-1) of Howard County and W.E.B. DuBois (4-1) and Forest Park. In the 1A East, Havre de Grace (4-0) is trailed by Elkton (3-1), Joppatowne (2-2) and Bohemia Manor (2-2).

Although the state minimum of nine games needed to qualify for postseason will likely be met by Harford County teams, which lost a week of contests because of Tropical Storm Isabel, Western Tech is working with only eight games, having failed to reschedule a nonleague game with Calvert Hall.

"We're waiting to see how it pans out, but there has been precedent established with an 8-0 team, Linganore, getting into the playoffs during the 2001 season as a result of [games lost because of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001,]" said Ron Belinko, Baltimore County's coordinator of athletics.

"[State association executive director] Ned Sparks and John Cox, the state football director, have been made aware of the situation with Western Tech," Belinko said. "Through no fault of its own, Western Tech's schedule was disrupted and they find themselves in the same situation as Linganore. We'll just have to stay tuned, and the state committee will examine it when it comes to seeding."

Goode, Friends unbeaten

Center midfielder Lauryn Goode has the Friends girls soccer team rolling right along in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference with a 12-0 record.

The junior Olympic Development Program veteran ranks second in the metro area in scoring with 16 goals and 10 assists. On Friday, Goode netted a penalty kick in sudden-death overtime to give the Quakers a win over previously unbeaten Pallotti.

"She's our playmaker," said Friends coach Richard Seiler. "She puts the ball where it has to go. Fortunately, we have a team that can support her and put the ball in the back of the net."

Two other keys have been sophomore striker Alice Fadiora, with 16 goals and two assists, and a defense that has allowed just five goals.

Eagles get off the ground

Arlington Baptist's first-year girls soccer team needed only three games to post its first victory.

The Eagles, who debuted in the IAAM C Conference, defeated B Conference Bryn Mawr, 3-0, last week after dropping their first two games to A Conference foes Seton Keough, 12-0, and Catholic, 7-0.

"The girls are quite excited," said Steve Young. "Psychologically, the win made up for the disturbing losses that we had."

Sixteen girls came out for the team and seven had never played soccer before, so Young, who had coached Arlington Baptist's middle school boys team, is spending a lot of time on the basics.

However, four seniors - Brittany Allen, Faith Happel, Roseanne Anderson and Alexis Westerlund - do have experience, and they have been helping Young bring the younger players along.

Coaches sought

Bryn Mawr needs a winter indoor soccer coach and a spring crew coach. For information, call athletic director Terry Detorie, 410-323-8800, extension 340.

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