Sherwood trounces Broadneck


November 16, 2006|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,Special to The Sun

COLLEGE PARK -- The Broadneck volleyball team prides itself on having fun while it plays, and that attitude has served the fifth-ranked Bruins (16-2) well with seven consecutive trips to the state tournament.

Unfortunately, there weren't many smiles as the Bruins lost to Montgomery County's Sherwood, 25-10, 25-13, 25-17, in the state Class 4A semifinals at the University of Maryland Ritchie Coliseum last night.

The Warriors advanced to Saturday's 7:30 p.m. Class 4A title game there. They will face Damascus, a winner in three games over C.H. Flowers in the other semifinal, in an all-Montgomery County final.

Sherwood (17-1), making its first state tournament appearance since 1995, used a senior-dominated front line of Claire Kodan (seven kills), Dana Ward (six kills) and Katie Obal (15 kills) to take an 8-1 lead in the first game and never looked back.

"I wasn't surprised at how we played, but I was surprised at how we started in the first game," Warriors coach Tim Gilchrist said. "We went on the run to start the game, and we never let them back in the game.""

Broadneck, which lost in the same round last year to eventual champion Gaithersburg, seemed tentative in the first game.

"I felt like we went out on the court and said `OK, we're here. What do we do now?'" Broadneck coach Romonzo Beans said. "We have such a young team, and it took us a while to get started."

The Bruins responded better in the second game, jumping out to a 7-3 lead before an official's call for serving out of turn took a point from Broadneck and awarded it to Sherwood. The Warriors immediately responded, reeling off the next seven points to take an 11-6 lead.

The Bruins mounted a comeback, using kills by middle hitter Ali Malesick and outside hitter Kourtney Salvarda to cut the lead to 12-8. Then the Warriors' front line of Kodan and Ward began to exert itself, scoring 13 of the next 18 points to take the game.

The Bruins played better in Game 3, using a kill by Courtney Groff to cut the Sherwood lead to 16-13. At that point, Sherwood used its superior passing skills to go on another 7-0 run and put the game out of reach.

"We didn't terminate the ball very well," Beans said. "That comes with experience, and they were a very experienced team. Their hitters knew what it takes to win at this level, and that was very big for them."

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