Spalding outlasts No. 14 Chapelgate

Cavaliers volleyball now 4-0

Towson falls in boys soccer

Varsity

Fall sports

September 14, 2006|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Reporter

Last season, Archbishop Spalding's girls volleyball team relied on All-Metro hitter Abbie Merkl, and wisely so.

But a year later, after going 16-3 and taking third place in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference, the Cavaliers are more balanced and a different kind of team.

That balance showed yesterday as the unranked Cavaliers defeated visiting No. 14 Chapelgate Christian, 25-23, 25-9, 19-25, 25-23, in the first A Conference contest for both.

"Abbie was the go-to girl last year, and now everyone is the go-to girl," said Spalding's four-year starting setter, Brittany Born, who sparked the offense yesterday with 25 assists.

The Cavaliers improved to 4-0. Chapelgate slipped to 2-2.

Colleen Seeba, a 5-foot-8 senior, led Spalding with a match-high 15 kills, six coming in the match clincher. She was followed by Ashley Novak (eight kills), Katrina Witt (six), Emily Snyder (five) and Kelly Galligan (four).

"We're well-balanced all the way around, " Cavaliers coach Scott Rombach said. "That's a big difference from last year, and our defense is playing well."

There was no argument from Chapelgate coach Chris Moxley, who credited Spalding's defense and said, "We didn't hit well and they did. Our offense needs to be better to beat a team like Spalding."

Heather Jacobson, a 6-2 senior hitter who led the Yellow Jackets with 11 kills (four in the last game) and made only four errors, said, "They were a good team and hitting really hard at us."

Jacobson's sister, 6-4 sophomore Tiffany Jacobson, had 22 assists, and Kirsten Head was 14-for-16 serving (seven aces).

Boys soccer

Eastern Tech 1, No. 10 Towson 0 -- Junior David Cash converted a penalty kick in the 64th minute to lift the visiting Mavericks past the Generals. Junior goalkeeper Ricky Willis for Eastern Tech (3-1) made nine saves.

Girls soccer

No. 5 Kenwood 2, Loch Raven 0 -- Ashley Singer scored in each half to power the Bluebirds (3-1) past the host Raiders.

Eastern Tech 2, Towson 1 -- The Mavericks (1-2-1) scored twice in the first five minutes of the second half to erase a one-goal halftime deficit. Sophomore Rachel Tragese and senior Stephanie Horchar scored Eastern Tech's goals.

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

Staff reports contributed to this article.

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