Western takes city title

High Schools

November 02, 2005|By KATHERINE DUNN | KATHERINE DUNN,SUN REPORTER

Momentum proved difficult to sustain in last night's Baltimore City volleyball championship, but with good serving and strong net play late in the final game, Western managed to string together a couple of five-point runs that sparked a 25-23, 25-21, 17-25, 29-27 victory over Poly.

Cierra Glasscho and Shatera Kimbrough served the runs and Shannon Lett had three of her seven kills as the host Doves rallied from eight points down to win the final game.

"Our serving pretty much did it for us and teamwork - everyone working together," said Lett. "I just played every hit like it was my last game, because I'm a senior and I don't know if I'm going to play in college. It feels so good to be city champions."

In a well-played match by both sides, the Western victory avenged an early-season five-game loss to Poly (12-2) and earned the Doves (13-3) their eighth city title in nine years. Poly won in 2003.

The final game started out as tight as the rest of the match, but Poly gradually built a 19-11 lead. Glasscho, Kimbrough and Lett then led the Doves to pull even at 21-21. Shortly after, Erin Cox pounded the last of her 14 kills to give Poly a 24-22 lead.

The Doves escaped but squandered three match points before Glasscho made a terrific dig that fell in on the other side of the net, sealing Western's title.

A couple of times in the final game as Poly gained momentum, confusion at the scoring table or confusion between the officials led to breaks in the action.

"It's real tough to get any kind of momentum when you have scoring issues and when you have officiating issues," said Poly coach Kendall Peace.

Kimbrough, the Doves setter, had nine kills and 17 assists while Taqwisha Richardson had seven kills. Elisha Clayton had 10 kills for Poly and setter Joi Upton contributed 24 assists.

katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

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