Q. Orchard knocks Broadneck from top

Montgomery County team denies Bruins third crown in row with 5-game victory

Class 4A volleyball final

High Schools

November 16, 2003|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK - The senior-dominated volleyball team of Quince Orchard used every bit of its experience to finally bring Broadneck's run of state championships to a halt.

The Montgomery County squad took the first two games and held off the two-time defending state champion Bruins, wresting away the Class 4A title, 27-25, 25-18, 18-25, 20-25, 15-8, last night at the University of Maryland's Ritchie Coliseum.

"We got our hopes up a lot after coming back in the third and fourth games," said Bruins junior hitter Allie Woods. "We had it and then we let it drop."

Quince Orchard's first state title came in what was the third straight final to go the maximum five games yesterday.

"When it goes to five, that's good ball, no letdowns there," said Broadneck coach Romonzo Beans, who has led the Bruins to four straight state finals.

"You've got to swing to win and sometimes you make mistakes. It was awesome play, the level of play you don't see during the regular season."

Beans added that if it had to end for his Bruins (18-2), "This is a good way to end."

Williamsport in 1A was the only team to repeat, with Broadneck and No. 1 Glenelg (in 2A) both losing in five games.

"We played pretty solid and maybe we were a little scrappier, maybe even a little hungrier," said Quince Orchard coach Karen Jones, whose team finished 19-0.

The Cougars came out firing against the defending champions and impressively won the first two games with their power and quickness. It appeared they would sweep the match.

"They came out really strong and we weren't expecting it," Woods said. "We haven't gone up against a lot of teams that good."

Six-foot sisters Stephanie and Kelly Withers led the Cougars with some strong hitting in the first two games. Stephanie finished the match with 15 kills. And the senior twin Limgenco sisters, hitter Treena and setter Trisha, distributed the ball well and played excellent defense.

After running away with Game 2, the Cougars found themselves trailing 6-0 and 9-3 in the third game on the way to a 25-18 loss. The serving of the Bruins' Kanishia Shepherd and Christina Greene abruptly changed the momentum.

Then, the Bruins' big three senior hitters - Greene, Dana Mullenhard and Mandy Gerolstein - got going in the fourth game as sophomore setter Stephanie Carey got into a feeding frenzy. Carey, who finished with 36 assists, took control of the match, and suddenly it was tied at two games apiece.

"We did the same thing in our regional final, winning the first two and losing the next two," Jones said. "We have that letdown, and I don't know how to explain it. But we come back big when it really matters."

Stephanie Withers broke a 6-6 tie in the final game with a kill and Quince Orchard led the rest of the way taking a 15-8 victory.

"We decided to go out and have fun after losing two in a row," Stephanie Withers said.

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