Arun­del up­sets top-ranked S. River

Snidow helps Wild­cats win 4th re­gion ti­tle; Atholton tops Mount He­bron, 3-2

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY - By Ryan Morse — Craig Clary, Bal­ti­more Sun Me­dia Group — Pat Stoet­zer, Bal­ti­more Sun Me­dia Group Bal­ti­more Sun staff con­trib­uted to this ar­ti­cle.

Twice this sea­son, the No. 4 Arun­del vol­ley­ball team was able to win a set against pow­er­ful No. 1 South River but noth­ing more. Most re­cently, in the Anne Arun­del County cham­pi­onship match, the Wild­cats took the open­ing set be­fore los­ing three straight to the host Sea­hawks.

Trail­ing two sets to one again in the Class 4A East re­gion fi­nals Fri­day, the Wild­cats (15-3) this time re­ceived in­spired play from se­nior Makenna Snidow, who had not played the pre­vi­ous three sets. Snidow had seven kills and two aces in the fi­nal two sets to help the Wild­cats (15-3) pull off the up­set over the Sea­hawks, 22-25, 25-20, 18-25, 25-12, 15-7, and win their fourth re­gion ti­tle in the school’s history.

“She just went in with a pas­sion and fire, and I don’t know what she saw, but she clearly saw some­thing and did some­thing with it,” Arun­del coach Ash­ley Yus­cav­age said. “That was her mak­ing amaz­ing choices on her own.”

South River (17-1) led 2-0 in the fourth set, but the Wild­cats ral­lied to take a 9-5 ad­van­tage be­fore Snidow took over, scor­ing five of Arun­del’s next six points, mainly from kills on the left side of the court, to give the Wild­cats a 14-6 cush­ion.

“I would just look and I saw the court open, so I would take a swing,” Snidow said. “I have to give all the props to the set­ters.

“In four years at Arun­del, we have al­ways fallen to South River, and my se­nior year, to be able to win the re­gional cham­pi­onships, it’s just huge. Com­ing into this, our team had so much hope and we have been grow­ing into this all sea­son, and the fact that we pulled it to­gether this last game, we just ex­e­cuted and we truly played our best tonight. It was so amaz­ing.”

SHER­WOOD D. NO. 11 CATONSVILLE, 3-0: Se­nior hit­ter Kaiya Heyliger had13 kills and se­nior set­ter Megan Wilson had 26 as­sists to lead the War­riors (16-1) to a 25-16, 25-4, 25-15 vic­tory over the host Comets (15-2) in the Class 4A North re­gion fi­nal.

Mi­tra Har­ri­son led Catonsville with four kills, and Ka­teri Wess had 10 digs.

WIL­LIAMSPORT D. CEN­TURY, 3-0: The host Wild­cats (12-6) with­stood a strong per­for­mance from the Knights (9-9) and pre­vailed, 25-21, 25-20, 25-21, to take the Class 2A West re­gion cham­pi­onship.

Cen­tury was look­ing for its first re­gion crown since 2011, the year the Knights won a state ti­tle. In­stead, the Wild­cats were the ones pos­ing with the trophy, their 22nd in pro­gram history and sec­ond since 2012.

“I think we were more to­gether as a team,” se­nior libero Sarah Rig­gin said. “We knew what it was like to fight back. It was heart­break­ing, but we tried our best.”

MCDONOUGHD, PAT­TER­SON MILL, 3-1: The vis­it­ing Huskies (4-14) evened the score af­ter win­ning the sec­ond set but lost the next two and fell to the Rams in the Class 1A North re­gion fi­nal.

McDonough won, 25-15, 13-25, 25-23, 25-19. Megan Eberius had two ser­vice aces for Pat­ter­son Mill.

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