Broadneck takes control in county

Bruins win, drop Arundel into tie for second place


October 19, 2004|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Soft hitting to open spots carried host and No. 4 Broadneck to a 3-1 decision over power-hitting and No. 5 Arundel in a crucial Anne Arundel County volleyball match in Cape St. Claire last night.

The Bruins' placement game bested the Arundel power hitting of Tiffany Johnson (12 kills, three blocks, 10 digs), Alex McGuire (10 kills, 12 digs), Jazman Ramsey and Melissa Hanna by scores of 25-17, 24-26, 25-23 and 25-20.

"Coming off a loss to South River, we had a little lapse on defense and a lot of hitting errors, and that's one of our strong suits," said Arundel coach Amy Hutson.

Junior setter Stephanie Carey put together one of the top all-around performances of the season as the defending county champion Bruins (9-1) virtually clinched a berth in the Nov. 1 county championship match.

Broadneck is 7-1 in county league play with three games left against losing teams, while Arundel (8-2) fell into a three-way tie for second place and a spot in the county final with No. 8 Severna Park (8-3) and No. 14 South River (8-3).

All three teams are 6-2 in league action and have finished playing one another.

It could come down to the tiebreaker of most overall wins, and Arundel could nose out the other two by sweeping its three league games and by taking a non-league match over St. Mary's.

"One of our parents said last night, `Girls, this is your season tomorrow,' " said Broadneck senior middle hitter Allie Woods.

"We knew if we lost, counties was not in the picture anymore. But we got it done because of our finding the holes. One thing that Monzo [coach Romonzo Beans] is making us do is to look for the open spots while we're in the air to find the holes. It's helped us get more points this year."

Carey, who was 22-for-24 serving with three aces, three blocks and six kills, had a match-high 40 assists to set up Woods, Kassie Montgomery, freshman Ali Malesick and Kanisha Sheppard for another 36 kills (combined).

"We knew Tiffany [Johnson] is a big threat, but she hits straight down," Carey said. "We used a new strategy where you find a spot, play smart and hit it. It worked really well for us."

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