Towson sweeps Dulaney

both miss title match

Franklin advances, aided by victory, tiebreakers


High Schools

October 30, 2004|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

From the beginning of the volleyball season, last night's showdown between No. 7 Towson and No. 12 Dulaney appeared destined to determine who would win Baltimore County's Class 4A-3A Division and advance to the county title match.

After all, Towson won the last three county crowns, and the Lions had won the four before that.

A playoff atmosphere surrounded last night's regular-season finale as visiting Towson pulled off a 25-22, 25-15, 25-16 sweep. Still, that wasn't enough to boost the Generals into next week's county final.

Halfway across town, Franklin was quietly beating Perry Hall, 25-15, 25-21, 25-9, to earn its way into the county title match against the Class 2A-1A Division winner.

Although all three 4A-3A teams finished with 10-1 league records, Franklin, which handed Towson its only loss, came out ahead in the tiebreaker system.

Franklin and Towson also had identical overall records at 13-1, but Dulaney's season-opening loss to No. 8 Severna Park gave the Lions a 13-2 overall record.

That loss eliminated Dulaney in the third tiebreaker - won/lost percentage vs. all Maryland public schools. With one team eliminated, the procedure reverted to the first tiebreaker, head-to-head record, said Ron Belinko, coordinator of athletics for the Baltimore County public schools.

Franklin advanced based on its win over Towson on Sept. 17.

Last night, however, the Generals weren't sure how the tiebreaking procedure worked, so they just celebrated the win over their fiercest rival.

All-Metro outside hitter Kellie Krouse led the Generals with 13 kills, but her serving proved as lethal as her power hitting.

In the third game, the Lions came out strong on a couple of kills from their big gun, Kasey Crawford, but the tide turned when Krouse began serving. With the Generals trailing 8-6, Krouse served 10 straight points that included six of her eight aces.

"I served one and it was an ace," said Krouse, "and it kept building and that got me more pumped up. That gave us a cushion, and we just rode it out. By that time, we had all the confidence in the world."

Once they took that 16-8 lead, the Generals rolled, helped in part by four of Dulaney's 14 serving errors, including one on match point.

Leah Edwards also had four key blocks for the Generals. Setter Kate Davis had 18 assists.

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