St. Paul's dominates Spalding in volleyball

Fall sports

October 12, 2006|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun reporter

St. Paul's School for Girls got over its first obstacle in defense of its Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference volleyball title with a 3-1 victory over visiting Archbishop Spalding yesterday.

The match pitted the last two unbeaten teams in the A Conference and was a possible preview of the postseason tournament championship Nov. 4 at Goucher College.

No. 5 St. Paul's beat No. 6 Spalding, 25-15, 27-25, 15-25, 25-22.

The Gators nearly swept.

"After the first two games, we were pretty sure we were going to win and we relaxed," said St. Paul's 6-foot-3 sophomore Bailey Webster, who tied senior Michelle Bruno for the team high in kills (15).

"And then our passes weren't going right and [that] made it harder to win the third game."

Frequently overpowering the Cavaliers with their strong frontcourt, the Gators improved to 11-1 overall and 6-0 in the conference. Spalding fell to 11-2 and 5-1.

"I do, I do," answered St. Paul's coach Kelli Wilkinson, when asked whether she expected to see the Cavaliers again in the playoffs.

"That could be an awesome match. They're very well-coached and a great competitive team."

The difference appeared to be at the net, where Webster and the 5-8 Bruno were followed in kills by juniors Jillan Unitas and Bailey Griswold, who had 10 and six kills, respectively.

Webster also had four solo blocks and three block-assists, and sophomore setter Rachel Kelley, who Wilkinson says "is not flashy, but so consistent," had a match-high 43 assists.

Colleen Seeba had a match-high 18 kills for Spalding. Setter Brittany Born dished out 27 assists and was 13-for-14 for the Cavaliers. Kelly Galligan was 18-for-18 serving with one ace.

"We had trouble serve-receiving," Spalding coach Scott Rombach said.

"You have games you pass well and games when you don't."

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

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