Dulaney defends its crown


November 02, 2006|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,Special to The Sun

With her team leading in the Baltimore County volleyball championships at Catonsville yesterday, Dulaney senior Marah Schmitz was animated when the Lions dropped the third game to the host Comets. Sometimes you have to do those things when you're the leader.

Schmitz, The Sun's Baltimore County Player of the Year last season, used nine aces off her jump serve and 17 kills to lead the Lions to the county title, 25-21, 25-16, 21-25, 25-10, over the host Comets (14-2). The title was the second straight for Dulaney (14-1), which was also the state Class 4A runner-up last season.

"We played them during the season, and we got behind two games before we rallied to win," Schmitz said about her speech between games. "I just wanted to make sure they didn't do the same thing to us that we did to them."

She shouldn't have worried, as the Lions ran off seven straight points for a commanding lead in the fourth game for the win.

"She's a great leader," Catonsville coach Dorothy Gill said of Schmitz. "Our serving errors absolutely killed us, and you can't make errors like that against a good team."

The Lions' front line of Schmitz, Danielle Parker (12 kills) and Chelsea Manning (eight kills) controlled the net for most of the match, but it was the serving that put Dulaney over the top. In addition to Schmitz's nine aces, Parker added seven.

Down two games, Catonsville rallied in the third game. The Comets, behind the setting of Paige O'Prey and the net play of Lija Glenza, took the lead at 6-5 and never gave it back. . The Lions regrouped with the 7-0 start to take Game 4 and defend their title.

"We out-served them today," said Dulaney coach Cary Lyon, who won his second title in three years at the school.

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