Bruins win in 5 behind Sheppard

Broadneck rallies to top Severna Park

Volleyball

October 21, 2005|By PAT O'MALLEY | PAT O'MALLEY,SUN REPORTER

Severna Park had no answer for the power hitting of Broadneck's 5-foot-10 senior outside hitter, Kanisha Sheppard, as the Bruins won their second hard-fought match within three days in Anne Arundel County League volleyball.

Playing at home last night, the No. 3-ranked Bruins rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat the No. 8 Falcons by scores of 18-25, 26-28, 25-15, 25-20 and 15-9 as Sheppard delivered an amazing 27 kills, 19 in the three winning games.

Coupled with Tuesday's five- game victory over No. 9 South River (7-2, 6-1), the Bruins (8-3, 8-0) gained sole possession of first place and clinched their seventh straight appearance in the county title match, set for Nov. 3.

"We had a big breakdown in serve-receive tonight and we couldn't find anything to work in the back row, and with Kanisha hitting over our short blockers in the front, we couldn't shut her down at all," said Severna Park coach Julie Allen, whose team fell to 6-1 and 7-3 overall and will have to win at South River in the last game of regular season to advance to the final.

Allen's sister, Ashlee Allen, led the Falcons with eight aces and 11 kills.

Sheppard and her coach, Romonzo Beans, agreed that Broadneck's passing was key to the 27 kills.

"If it wasn't for our passing, I couldn't have done it," Sheppard said.

"Our passing and serving turned it around for us after we lost the first two games," Beans said. "We started getting the ball to Kanisha more. We showed a lot of fortitude out there."

Senior setter Stephanie Carey had a match-high 41 assists and was 20-for-20 serving with two aces. Laura Sargent was 29-for-31 serving with seven aces.

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