Smith helps Bruins recover

Senior's leadership carries host Broadneck past Severna Park

No. 4 Broadneck 3 No. 7 Severna Park 1

Volleyball

October 05, 2007|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

On the volleyball court, Broadneck senior Bridgette Smith has seen just about everything. That turned out to be a good thing for the fourth-ranked Bruins last night.

Smith's nine digs and 6-for-8 serving performance were impressive enough, but her calming influence on the court pulled the host Bruins out of a funk and led to a 25-22, 25-19, 14-25, 27-25 win over rival and No. 7 Severna Park (6-1, 3-1) in a key Anne Arundel County league game.

Broadneck (5-0, 4-0) took the 2-0 lead in games but then had to fight off a furious rally by the Falcons to put the match away.

FOR THE RECORD - In Friday's editions of The Sun, the name of a Broadneck volleyball player was misreported. The player's name is Bridgette Jordan.
The Sun regrets the error.

"We got a little too complacent [in the third game]," Smith said. "I think it woke us up a little. Beating a team like Severna Park shows that we're a good team."

The Bruins used a size advantage at the net to tie the first game at 20, and then scored five of the final seven points to win the game, 25-22.

Broadneck raced to an 11-4 lead in the second game. Severna Park rallied to cut the margin to 22-18, but the Bruins took control again, winning three of the final four points to win, 25-19.

"We've been a slow-starting team this year, and we can't dig a hole like that and expect to win," Falcons coach Jamie Leventry said. "We rallied and the girls left it all on the court, but we need to play hard all the time against a team like Broadneck."

Severna Park did, indeed, play hard, building an 18-7 lead in the third game before Bruins coach Romonzo Beans called a timeout. Broadneck could get no closer than nine points before the game ended in a 25-14 Falcons win.

The Falcons led by four points in the fourth game before Broadneck rallied to tie the score at 11. From then on, the Bruins used service returns and net play to take the final game, 27-25.

Beans credited Smith's leadership as a factors in the win. The four-year varsity player settled the young team in the fourth game.

"She wants to do it all," said Beans, who coached Smith as a freshman when the Bruins won the Class 4A state championship. "When things get tough, she has an instinct that calms everyone down, and the other girls feed off of that."

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