SEED School falls, 3-0, at state tour­na­ment

Sabers were limited in scor­ing chances; Perryville to face Smiths­burg for ti­tle

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY - By Ran­dall L. McRoberts

COL­LEGE PARK — The SEED School of Mary­land’s girls vol­ley­ball team got its first taste of Mary­land state tour­na­ment play Tues­day, but un­for­tu­nately for the Sabers, the Class 1A state semi­fi­nal op­po­nent was peren­nial state cham­pion Smiths­burg.

The Leop­ards, 11-time state champs and win­ners in six of the past seven tour­na­ments, swept the SEED School, 3-0, at Mary­land’s Ritchie Coli­seum. The scores were 25-3, 25-5 and 25-4.

The Sabers were limited in scor­ing chances at the net, earn­ing just four kills. Tamiyana Lynch, Madi­son Shertinger, Aaliyah Set­tles and Michealah Phifer had a kill each.

Nakita Bacar­reza led with five digs, and Aca­cia Dorsey added three digs.

The Sabers had seven ser­vice er­rors and no aces. The Leop­ards (18-1) had 27 aces and just four ser­vice er­rors. Syd­ney Scott was the main force for Smiths­burg with 12 kills, and Katie McCracken had 24 as­sists. SEED’s sea­son ended at 11-6. PERRYVILLE D. MCDONOUGH, 3-0: The Pan­thers (18-3-1) are back in the Class 1A state cham­pi­onship match for the fourth time in six years.

Perryville earned that berth with a semi­fi­nal win over the Rams at Ritchie Coli­seum. The scores were 25-12, 25-16 and 25-20.

The Pan­thers will meet neme­sis Smiths­burg in Satur­day’s 1A cham­pi­onship match. In three pre­vi­ous state fi­nals (2011, 2012, 2014), Perryville has lost to Smiths­burg. Satur­day’s match will be­gin at 5 p.m.

“We’re for­tu­nate to be back again this year, and we know that ev­ery year. It’s not some­thing we take for granted. We’re happy to be here,” Pan­thers coach Matt Borelli said.

The first set was tied at 7, but se­nior set­ter Rose Porch served Perryville to a 13-8 lead.

Se­nior hit­ter Teri Wen­ner­sten then took over to open the lead up to nine, 17-8.

Wen­ner­sten had two kills and a block for an­other point af­ter a serv­ing er­ror by the Rams.

“I have to give my credit to Rose, my set­ter. It’s all thanks to her. I couldn’t do it with­out her,” said Wen­ner­sten, who fin­ished with eight kills and a block.

The Pan­thers’ lead grew to 22-12, forc­ing McDonough to call time­out. Out of the time­out, the Pan­thers scored three straight points, with se­nior Gabby Good­now putting away two kills in the process.

Good­now was the dom­i­nat­ing force at the net for Perryville, putting down 16 of the Pan­thers’ 42 kills.

Perryville ran out to an 11-5 lead in set two and looked as if it might run away with it when Hai­ley Jones de­liv­ered a back-row kill to make it 13-5.

McDonough, though, hung tough and took ad­van­tage of a num­ber of Pan­thers hit­ting mis­takes, climb­ing back into the set. The once 14-8 Perryville lead was down to two, 15-13, forc­ing the Pan­thers to call time­out.

McDonough was a bit more com­pet­i­tive in the fi­nal set, hav­ing the set tied at 17 all, be­fore Perryville closed the match out on an 8-3 run. SEED School’s Kean­tee Whit­field (8) goes up for a block at­tempt as Smiths­burg’s Han­nah Lund goes for a kill.

BRIAN KRISTA/BALTIMORE SUN ME­DIA GROUP

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