Sev. Park edges Broadneck in volleyball

Match goes to five games

No. 1 Falcons shut out Broadneck in field hockey

Fall sports

High Schools

September 28, 2004|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Both coaches and their players agreed that the two young, but talented teams who played volleyball at Severna Park last night couldn't have been more evenly matched.

No. 6 Severna Park outlasted No. 4 Broadneck, 3-2, by scores of 25-22, 15-25, 25-15, 15-25, 17-15.

"It was as close as can be, and it came down to one pass and I missed it," said Broadneck's standout middle hitter, senior Allie Woods, who needn't have blamed herself.

Woods dominated in the middle and tied Kanishia Sheppard for their team lead in kills with 10. Woods rallied the Bruins (3-1) from a 14-10 deficit in the final game to tie it at 14 with a powerful drive down the middle.

After the Falcons (4-1) went up 16-15, the match ended on a pass off a diving Woods.

Severna Park coach Julie Allen chose not to substitute for her six starters, who played all the way despite the hot and stuffy gym.

Broadneck and Severna Park are the only two Anne Arundel teams to win the county championship match since it began in 1994. Broadneck is defending champion and has only three seniors.

Severna Park, last year's county runner-up and county champion in seven of the nine matches since 1994, has just four seniors.

Hitter Caitlin Ware, one of the four Falcons seniors, had 11 kills, was 11-for-15 serving with three aces and had a match-high 13 digs.

"We were loud and communicating tonight, and that had a lot to do with us winning," said Ware of the team's first win over Broadneck in two years. The Bruins took both meetings last year, one in the regular season and the other in the county final.

Junior outside hitter Ashlee Allen had a match-high 16 kills and was 10-for-11 serving with one ace and six digs.

"Broadneck doesn't give up, and we had to put our hearts into it to win that fifth game," said Allen.

"It feels great to beat them. It's been two years, you know."

Broadneck's junior setter, Stephanie Carey, had a match-high 48 assists, three kills and four blocks while senior Kassie Montgomery had seven kills, 12 digs and was 13-for-14 serving with two aces.

Field hockey

No. 1 Severna Park 8, Broadneck 0: The top-ranked Falcons were expecting to get their first considerable Anne Arundel County test, but instead enjoyed another dominating performance against the previously unbeaten Bruins.

Junior Tara Gardner led the Falcons' attack with two goals and an assist and senior Abbi Horn added two goals as the Falcons (8-0) took a 5-0 lead at the break. Goals came from six players as the goals displayed precision work inside the scoring arc.

"We know when we're focused and ready to play we can score goals and things were working real well today," said Horn.

Severna Park goalies - Dee Crovo and backup Corinne Manuel, who entered in the middle of the second half - both made saves on penalty strokes. The Bruins (5-1) got 17 saves from goalie Rachel Sandifer.

No. 14 Notre Dame Prep 2, No. 4 St. Paul's 2: Maria Brooks scored the game-tying goal in the second half as the Gators and host Blazers played to a draw.

Kelly Feirtag made eight saves for Notre Dame Prep, and K.C. Burke had seven for St. Paul's.

No. 3 Bryn Mawr 1, No. 9 Archbishop Spalding 0: Caitlin Guinee scored the game-winner with 10:17 left in the first half as the Mawrtians (8-0-1) blanked the Cavaliers (6-3-1).

Sun staff writer Glenn P. Graham contributed to this article.

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