Schmitz sparks Dulaney

No. 10 Lions rally from two games down to defeat Catonsville

Volleyball

October 10, 2006|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Reporter

In winning the first two games of last night's volleyball match at Dulaney, Catonsville never lost momentum but for a few points. When Dulaney's Marah Schmitz started serving in the third game, however, the momentum shifted across the net in a big way.

Schmitz served three aces on her jump serve to spark a nine-point run that gave the Lions new life and a quick victory in the pivotal middle game.

While No. 13 Catonsville seized the momentum in spurts through the rest of the match, they never managed to capture it for long enough as the No. 10 Lions rallied for a 22-25, 19-25, 25-14, 25-21, 15-8 victory in a Baltimore County non-division match.

For the defending county champion Lions (8-2), a big power game pulled them through in the final game. Schmitz had two of her 23 kills, Danielle Parker had two of her 14 kills and Chelsea Manning had four of her 13 kills as well as two of her six blocks.

Those plays and another block from Emily Gladstone accounted for seven of the last eight Lions points as they pulled out of a 7-7 tie with an 8-1 run interrupted only by one netted serve. Manning, a 6-foot-1 middle blocker, had a hand in five of the final eight points.

"I think Chelsea knew, it was time. She's like, `I'm big. They're not going to hit on me. I am getting my hands on that ball,'" Schmitz said, of her fellow team captain.

"They do have strong hitters," said Manning, who joined Gladstone in the double block on Comets outside hitter Teresa Dailey late in the final game, "and if we don't put up a big block there, they can easily own us."

Early on, the Comets (10-1) were the sharper team, getting strong hitting from Lija Glemza(11 kills) and Dailey (nine kills) off excellent sets from Amanda Parry (25 assists) as well as some big digs.

The fourth game was tied 10 times, as late as 21-21, but the Comets put three balls in the net and sent one hit out of bounds to help the Lions take that game and even the match at two games each.

"I really think [the difference] was our mental mistakes," Comets coach Dorothy Gill said.

katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

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