No. 2 Arundel overtakes Severna Park in 5 games

Wildcats' blocking helps clinch 4th game, subdue fourth-ranked Falcons

Volleyball

High Schools

October 12, 2004|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Arundel's strong hitting and blocking was the difference last night in Gambrills as the host Wildcats outlasted Severna Park, 3-2, in a key Anne Arundel County volleyball match by scores of 18-25, 25-23, 25-27, 25-22 and 15-11.

The No. 2 Wildcats (10-0) got their typical power game from senior middle hitter and Division I prospect Tiffany Johnson, and the latter was complemented by fellow hitters Alex McGuire and Jazman Ramsey.

Johnson, who is 5 feet 11 and leaning toward accepting a scholarship to Kansas State in a decision she'll make in Novermber, had match highs of 19 kills and 10 blocks to go with seven digs.

"I think we could have played better, but you couldn't ask for more from our team," said Johnson of her team's second win over the Falcons in three years.

"I'm so pumped because we really think we can take it all this year."

McGuire, the basketball star who recently committed to West Point, followed with 11 kills, three blocks and a match-high 12 digs.

Ramsey, a 6-4 junior volleyball/basketball transfer from Meade, played her best match of the season, landing six kills and six blocks.

Most of Ramsey's kills and blocks came in the crucial fourth game as the Wildcats tied the match at 2 to set up the fifth-game tiebreaker for 15 points.

"We just didn't have that extra push tonight that we needed," said Julie Allen, coach of the No. 4 Falcons (7-2).

Senior setter Antoinette Cummins, who had a match-high 36 assists, guided the Wildcats down the stretch in the fifth game. Cummins set up her hitters well and had two aces.

"We had tons of blocks tonight, and net play is our game," said Arundel's second-year coach, Amy Hutson.

"That's our strength, getting all those blocks and putting the ball down as well. And Jazman really stepped it up tonight. This was her first game making an impact because this was the first game we had people putting the ball back over us."

Falcons junior Ashlee Allen was one of those people, with 17 kills and 10 digs. She was 13-for-15 serving with two aces. Senior Caitlin Ware had eight kills, a team-high 11 digs and was 17-for-18 with five aces.

"We knew we were coming in here against strong blockers, tall girls and good hitters," Allen said.

The Wildcats visit much-improved South River on Thursday and No. 6 Broadneck on Monday. Severna Park defeated defending county champion Broadneck in their regular-season match, 3-2.

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