Sea­son for ends for La Plata vol­ley­ball

War­riors lose in four sets to Calvert in 2A South sec­tion fi­nal

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­news.com Twit­ter: tblack­somds1

In the weeks lead­ing up to their po­ten­tial re­match with La Plata High School, mem­bers of the Calvert High School vol- ley­ball team ad­mit­ted the War­riors were their pri- mary fo­cus in prac­tices.

Wed­nes­day evening, the Cava­liers got their wish by trav­el­ing to La Plata and aveng­ing a fourset de­feat on Oct. 18 at the hands of the War­riors by record­ing a four-set vic- tory over the hosts in the Class 2A South Re­gion Sec­tion I fi­nal.

Calvert (10-6 over­all) earned a berth in Fri­day’s 2A South Re­gion fi­nal at South­ern of Anne Arun­del County by pre­vail­ing at La Plata, 25-21, 15-25, 25-19, 25-15. The re­gion fi­nal is sched­uled to be­gin at 5:30 p.m. Fri­day.

“Ever since they beat us the first time we played them, all of our fo­cus has been on beat­ing La Plata,” said Calvert se­nior set­ter Brid­get Wild­ing, whose squad swept Patux­ent on Mon­day to reach Wed­nes­day’s round. “They beat us in four games the first time, so we wanted to come in ready. It all started with our de­fense. We made some great digs and great passes and that en­abled us to run our at­tack.”

Calvert ju­nior Rachel Black was the pri­mary fo­cus of the La Plata at­tack, mak­ing digs and passes on spikes from La Plata ju­niors Devin Ru­ble and Lo­ryn Cottle and mid­dle hit­ters Jayci Cham­ber­lain and Sa­man­tha Faleno­foa that de­nied points and al­lowed the Cava­liers to run their at­tack, then lofted sets that Anna Kelly, Zalera Duck­ett, Bai­ley Krol­czyk and Black for kills.

“Rachel and Brid­get are re­ally the heart and soul of our team,” Calvert head coach Tim Smith said. “They know how to make things hap­pen on the court for us. Tonight, Rachel did a great job dig- ging balls and help­ing us run our at­tack. Brid­get did a great job set­ting and get­ting the ball to our at- tack­ers.”

La Plata head coach Bill Young could take so­lace in the sim­ple fact that the War­riors grad­u­ate only one se­nior and the bulk of their tal­ent re­turns next year in Cottle, Ru­ble, Cham­ber­lain, Falen­foa and set­ters McKen­zie Roof and Ava Krahling. Nev­er­the­less, Young did not want to look too far be­yond Wed­nes­day’s four-game set­back.

“Re­ally the dif­fer­ence tonight was [Calvert] re­ally dug ev­ery­thing and that en­abled them to run their at­tacks,” Young said. “The last time we played them we ex­e­cuted much bet­ter and we ran our at- tacks. But give Calvert credit, they made the plays tonight that en­abled them to run their of­fense and that kept us from real- ly gath­er­ing any momen- tum.”

Calvert ended the open­ing set on a 6-2 run to forge a 25-21 vic­tory, but La Plata (11-6) shook off that de­feat and drew even cour­tesy of a pro­longed ser­vice run from Alyssa Gayon, aided by at­tack points from Ru­ble off sets from Kelsey Hanks. Gay- on’s run ended with an er­ror and was coun­tered by two kills from Black be­fore Ru­ble ended the set with a kill.

Late in the piv­otal third set with Krahling serv­ing for La Plata, Krol­czyk de­liv­ered a Wild­ing set for a kill and Black fol­lowed with a pair of ser­vice win­ners, in­clud­ing an ace for a 23-17 lead en route to a 25-19 vic­tory.

Calvert then wasted lit­tle time at­tain­ing the up­per hand in the fourth set, as it got ser­vice runs from Emily McCrossan, Black and Krol­czyk that en­abled the visi­tors to gain a com­mand­ing 19-10 lead.

“They played much bet­ter tonight than the last time we faced them,” said Cottle, who also plays bas­ket­ball for the school. “We had some re­ally good at­tacks, but they made some re­ally good digs. It was not how we wanted to end the sea­son, but I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to next sea­son. We have a lot of play­ers back and our fresh­men this year will ben­e­fit from hav­ing played this year.”

PHOTO BY ROB WORMAN

La Plata High School fresh­man Jayci Cham­ber­lain goes up for a kill as ju­nior set­ter McKen­zie Roof looks on. Cham­ber­lain and her La Plata team­mates saw their sea­son come to an end on Wed­nes­day when they fell to Calvert in four sets in the 2A South Re­gion Sec­tion I fi­nal.

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