Broadneck rallies to defeat Dulaney

Bruins will play Wootton for state title

Girls Volleyball Class 4A

November 16, 2007|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,Special to The Sun

COLLEGE PARK -- Broadneck's motto this season has been "You gotta swing to win." In the end, the Bruins just kept swinging.

Third-ranked Broadneck (20-1) crawled out of a 2-1 hole to defeat Dulaney, 24-26, 25-18, 22-25, 25-10, 15-10, in the Class 4A state semifinals at the University of Maryland's Ritchie Coliseum last night.

"I looked in their eyes and I could see the intensity," Broadneck coach Ramanzo Beans said. "They really proved to me what they were made of tonight."

The Bruins will face Montgomery County's Wootton in the 4A state championship at Ritchie Coliseum tomorrow at 2:30 p.m.

"I always tell them we need to terminate," Beans said, referring to the kills by his team's front line. "That was the difference in the final game."

Broadneck used superior serving and better net play to jump on top early in the fourth game. At one point, Broadneck's Caroline Jacobs (nine kills) served seven straight points - including two aces - as the Bruins cruised, 25-10.

No. 6 Dulaney (17-2) charged to a 3-1 lead in the decisive fifth game, but Broadneck's front line of Jacobs and Kerry Anderson controlled the net. The Bruins took a 13-8 lead when Jacobs hit a cross-court winner. The Lions used a kill by Sarah Graslewicz (seven kills, four aces) to cut the margin to 14-10 but could get no closer.

"In my mind, we won the game," said Dulaney coach Cary Lyons. "My girls gave their hearts and played to their fullest. That makes them winners in my book."

The Lions lived all week in the shadows of a controversy involving outside hitter Danielle Parker. The senior, considered one of the best players in Baltimore County, was dismissed from the team last week when she made a trip to France with her family. She was reinstated yesterday but sat on the bench throughout the match.

Asked how he avoided potential distractions resulting from Parker's situation, Lyons said he didn't change his approach.

"All I tell them is our goal is to get better each and every day," he said. "To communicate, to pass and to talk. I am extremely proud of these girls today."

Broadneck, which will be playing for its first title since 2004, has won three state championships.

In the other semifinal, Wootton (14-4) used a significant size advantage and the play of sophomore Jennifer Chen (24 assists) and Gena Hlavinka (10 kills) to hand Prince George's County's Eleanor Roosevelt (19-1) its first loss of the season, 25-20, 25-18, 25-8. The Patriots, who will return to the state championship game for the first time since 1989, won seven consecutive titles from 1983 through 1989.

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