Dulaney captures 1st BC title since '00


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When Dulaney's No. 7 volleyball team needed a pick-me-up in the fourth game of last night's Baltimore County championship match at No. 6 Towson, Marah Schmitz rolled out her jump serve.

The switch gave the Lions the shot of momentum they needed to pull out a close match, 10-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-23, for their first county title since 2000.

Schmitz stepped to the service line with the visiting Lions trailing 17-15, but she sparked an 18-17 lead, Dulaney's first edge since 5-4. Schmitz had one ace and a point-saving dig during the run while Stacy McWilliams had a kill.

Still, the power of the jump serve turned the game Dulaney's way.

"We needed that so much," said Lions setter Allison Kilchenstein. "The rest of the team was getting a little bit down and her jump serve is really good, so that gave us a lot of momentum."

The Lions (14-0) never again trailed although the Generals tied at 18 and 22.

Terrific net play by Towson's Lauren Bader with a couple of blocks and a kill helped the Generals rally to 22-22, but the Lions got a kill from Becca Applegate and two more from Schmitz to polish off the match.

Schmitz, a 5-7 outside hitter, led the Lions with 12 kills, but she said her float serve wasn't working as well as she would have liked through most of the match.

"Coach [Cary Lyon] and I have been practicing my jump serves. He was pretty confident that I could do it, so I was like, `This is my chance,'" said Schmitz. "I was confident about it and I just put it all into it."

Both teams played some of their best ball down the stretch of the final game, but Dulaney's offense finished off more plays.

"We had some mental errors in the fourth game that we can't afford to have," said Towson coach Jayne Lacy. "We missed some serves and Dulaney played the bigger points better."

Liz Bond led the Generals with 13 kills while Alexa Carney had seven. Setter Caryn Just dished out 27 assists.

The Generals (13-2) took advantage of a shaky Lions start to win the first game.

The Lions, who also got nine kills from Chelsea Manning and six from Stacy McWilliams, were determined to finish off the match in a fourth game. They didn't want to risk a fifth, especially in such a tight match.

"If we went to a fifth game, we could crash. The less games we play, the better as long as we win them," said Kilchenstein, who had 33 assists.

The Lions have won five county titles since 1997. Towson last won in 2003, capping a three-year run.


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