Arundel eliminated from state volleyball semifinals

No. 7 Wildcats fall to undefeated Sherwood in Class 4A

November 16, 2010|By Mike Frainie, Special to The Baltimore Sun

COLLEGE PARK — On Tuesday night, Arundel made its first visit to a volleyball state tournament since 1956. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, the visit was a brief one.

The seventh-ranked Wildcats (17-4) ran into an undefeated Sherwood team from Montgomery County and lost in three sets, 25-16, 25-19, 25-22, in the Class 4A state semifinals at the University of Maryland's Ritchie Coliseum.

The Warriors (18-0), who have yet to drop a set this season, used the power of hitters Alex Holston (14 kills, three aces) and Megan Hewitt (10 kills) and a tough defense to win the match.

Arundel took a 4-0 lead in the first set, but the Warriors scored 12 of the next 13points to take a commanding lead. The Wildcats improved in each game but were clearly outmatched by Sherwood.

"They are definitely the best team in the state," said Arundel's Ashlyn Tapley (six kills, 14 digs, two aces). "This shows [us] where we need to be and what we have to do to be back here next season."

Sherwood will play Thomas Johnson, a 25-11, 25-18, 25-12 winner over C.H. Flowers in the other semifinal, in the Class 4A state championship at 8 p.m. Monday.

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