Turner, John Carroll make grade, win `A' championship

6-2 hitter's finishing touch dooms Chapelgate

titles for St. Paul's, Roland Park

IAAM volleyball

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November 02, 2003|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

For any team facing No. 12 John Carroll, there's always one big question: How do you stop the Patriots' 6-foot-2 powerhouse of a hitter, Kayani Turner?

This season, the answer was simple: You can't.

Turner, who plans to sign early with the University of Illinois, pounded out 27 kills to lead the Patriots to a 25-11, 25-20, 22-25, 25-18 victory over Chapelgate for the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference volleyball championship last night at Villa Julie College.

Turner had four kills and a block in the Patriots' pivotal six-point run that gave them the lead for good in the fourth game. With the Yellowjackets scraping back into the game, she pounded out the final point of the match.

"It's very tough to contend with her," said the Yellowjackets' senior hitter, Emma Klein. "She's an excellent player. We just tried to get our block up the best we could and try to cover everything the block couldn't, but it's tough."

The Patriots (18-1), who won the B Conference title a year ago, controlled the first game and emerged from a 20-20 tie to take a second game in which they made six service errors.

The Yellowjackets (14-5) came on in the third game, running a strong offense while the Patriots had trouble passing. The Patriots took a 22-18 lead on a Turner kill, but the Yellowjackets reeled off the last seven points. Setter Valerie Pusateri had three kills in the run.

"Our serving started to fail," said Turner, "and that got to our heads and we weren't focusing on our passing. We were worried about missing that last serve. We just had to refocus, which we did in the fourth game."

The teams went back and forth in the fourth game until Turner gave the Patriots some breathing room.

With the game tied at 12, Turner had four kills and a block, and Virginia Tilgman served an ace to give the Patriots an 18-12 lead. After a John Carroll service error, the Patriots boosted the lead to 21-13, helped by kills from Colleen Egan and Christy Callahan.

Although Klein, a 5-10 outside hitter, had two of her 17 kills down the stretch, the Yellowjackets could not recover.

B Conference

St. Paul's completed a one-year rise from C Conference champ to B Conference champ with a 25-15, 25-14, 23-25, 25-16 victory over Lutheran.

The Gators (19-1) coasted through the first two games but fell behind 18-4 in the third. However, a rally that pulled them within 24-23 before giving up game point fueled a quick start in the fourth game that sealed the victory over the Saints (18-2).

"We have about five players around 6-foot tall," said setter Wesley Michael, who dished out 33 assists. "And me being the 5-footer, its amazing to have them there. Were probably the tallest team in the league and that's a big advantage."

The Gators struggled with their serving in the third game, which ended when, serving at 23-24, Mollie Cavanaugh took more than the allotted five seconds to put the ball in play. Cavanaugh had served five straight points to rally the Gators from 18-24. "They came to play and win and we came not to lose in that game," said Wesley. "That's a big difference in mentality.

C Conference

Roland Park took control with a couple of key service runs from Jessica Osterchrist and Breyana Hall to sweep Towson Catholic, 25-15, 25-14, 25-18.

Osterchrist had three of her four aces in a 10-point Reds run in the first game that gave them a 19-12 lead. Hall had five aces in an eight-point run that gave the Reds (12-2) a 16-10 advantage in the second game. In both cases, the Reds had little trouble finishing off the Owls (9-3), who lost only to the Reds this season.

"We had a couple servers who stepped in there and gave us some good runs and got us some separation," said Reds coach Jim Jarrell. "Once you get ahead in a game it makes it tough for the other team especially in rally scoring to fight back. It puts all the pressure on the opponents."

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