Seniors will Poly to city crown

`Desire' lifts Engineers to title-match sweep

Poly 3 Digital Harbor 0

Girls Volleyball

October 31, 2007|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN REPORTER

The seven seniors on Poly's volleyball team made the most of their final chance to win a Baltimore City championship last night.

The Engineers combined strong offense, solid defense and well-placed serving to orchestrate a 25-10, 25-21, 25-16 sweep of Digital Harbor in capturing their first title since 2003.

Erin Cox finished with 10 kills, and Elisha Clayton had six for the Poly (13-0). Asia Logan had four for the host Rams.

"Four years, we've wanted this," Clayton said. "We had to push, fight and leave it all out there. It's amazing."

The Engineers won their fourth crown since 1990, ending a three-year run by Western, which had won 10 of the past 11. The Doves had reached the final 23 straight times until Digital Harbor knocked them out this fall.

Digital Harbor has never won a volleyball title, but its predecessor, Southern, won in 1979.

Last night, however, belonged to coach Kendall Peace's determined Poly squad.

"Desire, I think, pulled it through," Peace said.

After rolling through the first game, the Engineers pulled ahead 16-5 before the Rams (11-3) picked up their game, inspired by a huge block from Tiffany White against one of Cox's most powerful hits.

A couple of kills from Logan and a couple of aces from White helped the Rams pull within 24-16, but the match ended on a Rams service error.

Poly took a 14-4 lead to open the final game, and the Rams never got closer than five points.

"It wasn't so much their experience as our inexperience," said Rams coach Monica Dailey, who had only one senior, Marjorie Detres, in her starting lineup. "They have one or two key players. Erin Cox was it tonight."

katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

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