Cavaliers waste no time getting back to top


October 24, 2007|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,[Sun Reporter]

It looked like a rebuilding season for the Archbishop Spalding volleyball team after the graduation of setter and All-Metro Player of the Year Brittany Born and second-team All-Metro hitter Colleen Seeba.

Instead, the No. 5 Cavaliers have reloaded and are making a run to repeat as Interscholastc Athletic Association A Conference champions.

Under coach Scott Rombach, the Cavaliers served notice on Friday with a surprising 3-1 triumph over then-No. 1 St. Paul's by scores of 25-15, 25-15, 19-25 and 25-19. That lifted Spalding's record to 14-1 overall and left the Gators at 13-1.

Spalding, St. Paul's and Mount de Sales each finished 8-1 in the conference going into the postseason. Last year, Spalding lost to St. Paul's in the regular season but came back to knock off the Gators in the A Conference final, 3-2.

Born, who is playing at Loyola College, had a match-high 41 assists in that game and was clearly the team's leader.

Senior hitter Kelly Galligan, who had eight kills and was 11-for-12 serving, has assumed that leadership role this year, and Rombach has done a masterful job bringing this team along.

"It was great playing with Brittany and Colleen, and I learned a lot from them," said the 5-fooot-10 Galligan. "I became a better player. We had a lot more people playing club this year and that has helped us this season. Most of our juniors and seniors have played club. Coach Rombach has done a great job with us."

The IAAM A conference playoffs start Friday, with the A Conference final set for Nov. 3 at Villa Julie College.

Quick hits

Mike Wayne completed nine of 23 passes for 112 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for the game-winning conversion, as Annapolis Area Christian School got its first win in its inaugural football season, 21-20 over Friends. ... Northeast defeated Annapolis in county football for the second time in four years , 29-7, Friday to leave both teams at 2-5. ... Tom Matkins, a senior linebacker, had five sacks to lead Chesapeake (2-5) to a 13-6 win over Glen Burnie (0-7). ... With Archbishop Curley focusing on 1,000-yard rusher Dontra Peters and holding him to 13 yards on seven carries, Neil Lewnes stepped up in St. Mary's 26-3 win with 112 yards rushing and a touchdown on 12 carries. ... Zack Sullivan's eighth-place finish in 16 minutes, 32 seconds led Archbishop Spalding to a third-place finish in the Georgetown Prep Cross Country Invitational of 16 boys teams. ... Defending girls state champion golfer Lauren Smith of Arundel had the county's lowest average over par this fall at 1.77.

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