Spalding earns IAAM `A' crown

Bryn Mawr wins `B'

AACS takes `C' title



November 05, 2006|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Reporter

No. 5 Archbishop Spalding, Bryn Mawr and Annapolis Area Christian School all became first-time champions yesterday at the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland volleyball championships at Goucher College.

After losing at St. Paul's in four games in the regular season, Spalding senior setter Brittany Born vowed that the Cavaliers would beat the Gators in the A Conference final.

Spalding prevented St. Paul's from becoming the first team to repeat as A Conference champs since McDonogh in 2002.

"I told the girls that we were the underdogs and to go out and lay it all on the line," Cavaliers coach Scott Rombach said.

Born saw to it that the Cavaliers (17-2) did just that with an inspiring effort to lead her team to victory in five games. She had 41 assists, three kills and 14 digs as the Cavaliers won, 25-22, 10-25, 16-25, 26-24 and 15-10.

Spalding had to overcome a 29-kill performance by St. Paul's sensational sophomore Bailey Webster. After the Cavs won the first game, Webster unleashed six kills to lead St. Paul's to a 15-point victory.

It carried over to Game 3 as Webster smashed 11 kills and the Gators (18-3) took command with a 25-16 win, going up 2-1.

Spalding's Colleen Seeba and Ashley Novak sparked a 26-24 victory in the fourth game, with Danielle Arndt serving an ace to end it and force the extra 15-point game.

Kelly Galligan, who had nine kills and was 15-for-16 serving, had a kill that gave Spalding the lead for good at 9-8 in the finale.

B Conference -- After going 1-17 three years ago, No. 13 Bryn Mawr claimed its first championship in four games over Maryvale Prep. The Mawrtians won, 25-20, 17-25, 25-10 and 25-13. Senior hitter Louise Brooks had a match-high 21 kills and sophomore Theo Matthai had 11 kills. Another senior, Meredith Larsen, had eight kills and was 17-for-17 serving, as was Gillian Budd. Bryn Mawr's Abby Kallina had 42 assists and was 13-for-13 serving. "We've got the hitters and that's hard to defend," Bryn Mawr coach Tim Dunbar said.

C Conference -- Annapolis Area Christian School defeated defending champion Oldfields in four games, 25-22, 23-25, 25-22 and 25-20, to win the title in its inaugural season in the league. Bekah Wahl and Jessica Warren led the Eagles (18-1) with 11 and 10 kills, respectively, and Lindsay Luzader had seven kills to go with 18-for-18 serving and a team-high eight digs. "Eight of our 10 players have played three years together," said AACS coach Marianne Graham, whose Eagles went undefeated in the IAAM and lost only to Covenant Christian School (12-4) in a non-league match. "They know each other well and are a pleasure to coach." Oldfields (12-5) got outstanding play from Alex Devereux, Erica Holland and Brittany Lewis.

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