Havre de Grace falls in final

North East wins UCBAC title, ending Warriors' win streak at 13

Volleyball

High schools

October 31, 2006|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

North East of Cecil County ended Havre de Grace's 13-match winning streak with a 25-13, 25-19, 25-20 victory over the Warriors in the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference volleyball championship last night at Cecil Community College.

Havre de Grace (13-2) hadn't lost since dropping its season opener to Bel Air last month. The Warriors won all 12 of their UCBAC matches to capture the Susquehanna Division title and earn a berth in the championship match for the first time.

But the Warriors became the second straight Harford County team to lose to North East in the finals. North East topped Bel Air in last year's title match.

Havre de Grace coach Angie Taddia said her team battled nerves in the first game, and North East had little trouble pulling out the 25-13 victory. Taddia said the Warriors settled down after that but couldn't adjust to the speed of North East's game, something that would have required quite an adjustment.

"They were nervous, and they were very timid and afraid to make mistakes early in the first game," Taddia said. "Then they did play better, but there were no easy points against North East."

For the Warriors, Jill Umetin finished with four points, five kills and 12 assists at setter, Audrey Werneke added three points and Claire Sheldon helped with five kills and two digs.

But it wasn't enough to slow the tough Cecil County rival, a team Havre de Grace didn't play during the regular season. North East just had too much for the Warriors on this night.

"North East is an extremely complete team," Taddia said. "They played a [quicker] game than we were used to seeing in our division."

Havre de Grace moves on the state's regional playoffs. The top-seeded Warriors next play on Monday in the Class 1A South Region second round, where they meet the winner of a first-round match between Marriotts Ridge and Pikesville.

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