Poolesville ends S. Carroll's reign in 1A semifinal

Volleyball

November 11, 2008|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,Special to The Baltimore Sun

South Carroll's run as the Class 1A state titlist ended last night when the defending champion Cavaliers lost to Poolesville of Montgomery County, 25-19, 25-19, 25-13, in the Class 1A state volleyball semifinals at Ritchie Coliseum in College Park.

The No. 15 Cavaliers (13-5) were led by Tianna Quiambao-Panas' 26 assists. Lindsey Will and Mary Harshman contributed six kills each for South Carroll.

"They were the best team we've faced all year," Cavaliers coach Marcia Kunkel said. "They played great defense, and although we gave it our all, they were the better team."

The Falcons (17-0) will face Glenelg, a 16-25, 25-15, 25-5, 25-19 winner over Colonel Richardson of Caroline County (13-6) in the other semifinal, in the Class 1A state championship game Friday at 6 p.m. That game will also be played at Ritchie Coliseum.

Glenelg started slowly, dropping the first game. After the nerves settled, the Gladiators gradually started to take over the match. Glenelg went from seven errors in the first game to just one in the third, which it dominated, 25-5.

The Gladiators (10-10) were led by Casey Schmidt, who contributed 15 kills, 19 digs and 11 aces. Hannah Gaw had 25 assists for Glenelg.

The Gladiators will try to win their fourth state title Friday. Poolesville has been a finalist three times but has never won a state volleyball title.

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