Broadneck tops rival in county title game


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Broadneck left no doubt last night as to who has the best volleyball team in Anne Arundel County. The second-ranked Bruins swept No. 8 South River in three games at Severna Park in the 11th county championship match.

It was Broadneck's third title, the others coming in 2000 and 2003, since the championship match began in 1995. It was also its sixth trip to the final in the past seven years.

The Bruins won, 25-20, 25-18, 25-12, after needing five games just a couple of weeks ago to put away the Seahawks (12-3) in the regular season. Broadneck was 11-0 in the regular season and is 12-3 overall going into the playoffs.

Last night, the Bruins (12-3) dominated from the start, with junior Tracie Bell (17-for-19 serving, five aces and seven digs) serving the first seven points of the match and setting the tempo.

"We were a little more prepared than we were the first time we played them [South River]," said Broadneck coach Romonzo Beans, who is the county's winningest active coach at 132-34 (.795) in his 10th season.

"This time we had all of our weapons," Beans said. "We had a lot of girls contribute tonight."

Among those contributing was Beans' stepdaughter and senior setter, Stephanie Carey, who had a match-high 26 assists last night.

"Oh my gosh, everybody was on tonight, nobody was off," said Carey, who also had three kills.

"I didn't know where to go half the time, because normally if somebody is off and somebody is on, you go to them, the on-person. And Tracie [Bell] has a killer serve, and she was the one who dominated most of our games."

The Bruins had 30 kills as a team with Kanishia Sheppard (12-for-12 serving) leading the way with six, followed by five each from sophomore Ali Malesick, Nikki Wirth (nine digs) and Danielle DiCarlo (8-for-9 serving).

South River, a runner-up to Severna Park in 1998 in the teams' only other county final, got good play from Liz O'Dell, Paige Watson and Megan Pearson. As the top seed, the Seahawks could get another crack at No. 2 seed Broad- neck if both get to the Class 4A East Region final. That match would be at South River.

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