Broadneck earns 4th straight trip to final

Bruins knock off Bowie, go for third title in row

Class 4A state volleyball

High schools

November 12, 2003|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK - Four-for-four, or better yet, three in a row.

That's what Broadneck wants in the Class 4A state volleyball tournament.

The No. 3 Bruins have advanced to the Class 4A state final for the fourth consecutive year and will go after their third straight state title at 5 p.m. Saturday at the University of Maryland's Ritchie Coliseum. That's where they swept Bowie of Prince George's County, 25-6, 25-12, 25-13, in last night's state semifinals.

They got it done in less than an hour and posted their second victory over Bowie (13-5) within a couple of weeks. Broadneck swept the Bulldogs, 25-6, 25-12, 25-16, a couple of days before knocking off No. 7 Severna Park in the Anne Arundel County championship match Oct. 30.

Broadneck (18-1) will attempt to match Severna Park's record of three straight state titles (1991-1993) by an Anne Arundel County team when the Bruins take on unbeaten Montgomery County power Quince Orchard on Saturday night.

Quince Orchard (18-0), the West regional champion, disposed of North champion Thomas Johnson of Frederick County, 25-12, 23-25, 25-11, 25-16. Quince Orchard has never won a state title and is making its third appearance in a state final, the last coming in 1994.

It was a typical victory for the East champion Bruins last night as senior hitters Mandy Gerolstein, Christina Greene and Dana Mullenhard provided the power, sophomore Stephanie Carey the assists, and the rest of the team the positioning and defense.

"All of my hitters are great, it's so balanced," said Carey, who had 28 assists and was 16-for-18 serving. "Some teams have one big hitter and you know they are going to go to them, but we have several amazing hitters."

Gerolstein, Greene and Mullenhard combined for 20 kills and 14 aces. The chemistry among the big three hitters is exceptional, considering that Gerolstein, a transfer from Old Mill, is playing with the other two for the first time.

"We communicate a lot," Mullenhard said.

Greene, who at 5 feet 8 has a lot of power on her serves and hits, was all over the floor last night on defense. After serving nine straight points in the first game to propel the Bruins to a 16-4 lead and set the tempo for the match, Greene sparkled defensively the last two games, diving all over the court from one end of the net to the other.

"I did a lot of defense today," Greene said. "I can't believe how much defense I played. It just happened."

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