St. Paul's upsets No. 14 Spalding


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Two of the top volleyball teams in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference met yesterday in Severn.

Visiting and unranked St. Paul's outlasted No. 14 Archbishop Spalding in five games, 25-23, 22-25, 20-25, 25-16 and 15-12.

The result left St. Paul's 5-0 in the conference and 7-1 overall. The Cavaliers slipped to 2-1 and 6-1.

St. Paul's is the only unbeaten team in the conference, with Spalding, Mount de Sales and Chapelgate each having one loss.

The Gators' edge in overall height with 6-foot senior Blake Hargest and 6-2 freshman Bailey Webster was the difference last night. Both coaches, St. Paul's Kelli Wilkinson and Spalding's Scott Rombach, agreed the teams were evenly matched.

"They have a little more height," Rombach said. "They just seemed to have one more hitter than we did, and that Webster can leap."

Hargest, the premier setter in the IAAM, had 30 assists, five kills and five of the team's 14 block-assists. Webster, the younger sister of two-time Institute of Notre DameAll-Metro hitter Brooks Webster, who has graduated, had 12 kills, three aces and five block-assists.

"The whole team welcomed me coming in this year and we clicked as a unit," said Webster, who had a kill to end the fourth game and served an ace to end the fifth.

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