Broadneck repeats as A. Arundel champ

Volleyball

November 03, 2006|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN REPORTER

Playing in its seventh final in eight years, No. 6 Broadneck defeated No. 15 South River quickly last night in the 12th Anne Arundel County volleyball championship at Old Mill.

The Bruins won, 28-26, 25-21, 25-18, for their fourth title since 2000 under coach Romonzo Beans and their second in a row, both over South River (10-4).

"We tried really hard to sweep it, but we were a little off in the first game, but got it back together," said Tracie Bell, the Bruins' senior setter who had a match-high 27 assists and added an 11-for-13 effort and two aces at the service line, two kills, two blocks and five digs.

"We were all jumping on it, trying to get it over with and go home and get ready for regionals," she said.

Sophomore Avery Gabbard emerged last night for the Bruins (11-1) with the best match of her two-year varsity career.

"Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, she [Gabbard] was on fire," Beans said. "Our younger players have really come on."

Gabbard led her team with eight kills, three blocks, six digs, was 8-for-9 serving and had two aces.

"Yeah, I think it was my best match," Gabbard said.

"We were really fired up. Coach 'Monzo gave us his pep talks telling us to get pumped and have fun."

Ali Malesick had seven kills and eight blocks for the victors while libero Bridgette Jordan had seven digs and Rebecca Niazi added three kills and had six digs.

Setter Bekah Litz had 25 assists and was 15-for-15 serving with three aces for the Seahawks, who also got match highs from Dana Marchitelli and Tyler Phillips with 11 kills and 15 digs, respectively.

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

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