Broadneck holds on, captures Anne Arundel title in 5 games

Bruins beat Severna Park to earn 2nd championship

Volleyball

October 29, 2003|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Crisp passing and serving plus the crucial play of two underclassmen led third-ranked Broadneck to its second Anne Arundel County volleyball championship as it beat No. 6 Severna Park, 25-17, 25-14, 22-25, 20-25, 15-11, last night at North County High.

Sophomore setter Stephanie Carey was spectacular, setting things up with a match-high 48 assists for the Bruins (14-1), who ended the Falcons' bid for a 22nd title since 1976.

Also, junior Kassie Montgomery moved up to the front row for the first time this season and responded with 16-for-18 serving, two aces and eight kills.

Following Carey's lead, the Bruins' four main hitters - Mandy Gerolstein, Dana Mullenhard, Christina Greene and Allie Woods - totaled 32 kills and 17 blocks.

"Stephanie was awesome," said Gerolstein, who had 13 kills and seven blocks.

Greene, who used her powerful left-handed serve and hit to go 15-for-17 serving with seven aces and nine kills, said the Bruins' intensity "dropped in the two [middle games], but we definitely brought up and took the challenge."

Severna Park's Lynn Cipollone and Katherine O'Brien tried to match the Bruins with 28 kills between them, 18 by Cipollone. It wasn't enough.

"I'm so proud of my teammates and the way they played their hearts out," said Cipollone, who got 12 digs, three blocks, and went 12-for-16 serving.

"I think we came in a little too anxious in the first two games and didn't calm down until the third game."

Broadneck won the 2000 final over Severna Park - also in five games. The Falcons then won the next two titles and were seeking their eighth title in the 10 years of the county championship match.

After dominating the first two games, the ranked Bruins seemed to lose their intensity in the third game while the Falcons refused to quit and prevailed.

Severna Park (12-3) then took the fourth game to send the two teams to a place where neither had been all year - a fifth-game tiebreaker.

"My girls didn't know until late into the last game that we needed just 15 points to win," said Bruins coach Romonzo Beans, whose team jumped out 6-2 in the tiebreaker and led by as many as seven points in cruising in the clincher against a worn-down Severna Park.

The state went to rally scoring this year, in which 25 points wins, except in a fifth game. Neither team had been pushed to the limit all season, with Broadneck going unbeaten in its 11-game county schedule, including handing Severna Park its only loss.

"That [fifth game] was a first-time experience," Beans said. "They knew they had to go out there and be strong. By the time they knew, the score was up to 11 or 12. I think we lost our focus after the first two games and were just flat the next game."

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