Pointer volleyball topples Knights
The Sparrows Point volleyball team, along with the rest of the school’s athletic teams, moved back down from Class 2A to Class 1A this year.
That means the Pointers no longer have to deal with Eastern Tech (who eliminated Sparrows Point the past two seasons) or Hereford (which then eliminated Eastern Tech) in the regional playoffs.
But now the Pointers must contend with Loch Raven in the playoffs. The visiting Raiders swept Sparrows Point in three games on Friday.
That dropped the Pointers’ record to 7-4 with two matches remaining: against Perry Hall on Wednesday and at Chesapeake on Oct. 23.
Prior to playing Loch Raven, Sparrows Point went to Parkville on Oct. 11 and defeated the host Knights 25-11, 25-27, 25-18, 25-9.
Other then some serving issues in the second and third games, the Pointers played well and held their own at the net against the taller Knights.
Two long scoring surges helped Sparrows Point to rally and pull out the critical third game of the match.
Trailing 8-4, Sparrows Point regained the serve on a service error by Parkville and Samantha Hamilton served six consecutive points to give the Pointers an 11-8 lead.
Desiree Newton scored on a spike during the surge, and Shane Simms landed a dink.
The match then went back-andforth, but Parkville was unable to put together a scoring run thanks to dinks y Newton and Chloe Binds and spikes by Lindsey Blankenship and Hamilton, all of which regained serves for Sparrows Point.
With the score tied at 18, Parkville committed another service error and Hamilton again served six consecutive points to win the game.
Megan Hamp had a block during the Pointer run and also scored on a spike. Newton used a well-placed dink to earn the winning point.
The fourth and deciding game was no contest. Sparrows Point jumped out to an 11-3 lead and cruised behind strong serves by Binds and good spikes by Shane Simms.
In the first game of the match, Sparrows Point led 16-11 when — foreshadowing what was to come — Hamilton served nine consecutive points for the win.
Hamilton served six aces dur- ing the surge, and Hamp landed a spike.
Sparrows Point grabbed a 7-1 lead in the second game, but Parkville rallied as the Pointers’ service touch momentarily deserted them.
The last error was the biggest. With the score tied 25-25 and the Pointers with the serve, the serve went into the net to give parkville a 26-25 lead and the serve.
The Knights won the next point and the game as a Pointer spike went into the net. Parkville also was able to get their main hitters into position during the game, which also helped the Knights to rally from their early deficit.
Dundalk (8-5) beat visiting Kenwood in four games on Friday, then lost at Woodlawn in four games on Monday.
The Owls were to play at Pikesville on Wednesday and finish the regular season at Overlea on Friday.
Patapsco, still winless, was swept by visiting New Town on Friday and visiting Pikesville on Monday.
The Patriots were to try to get their first win when they were to host Kenwood on Wednesday. Patapsco is at Woodlawn on Friday and ends the regular season at Owings Mills on Oct. 25.
Megan Hamp and Sarah Hunter of Sparrows Point block a Parkville spike.
Samantha Hamilton’s consistent serving played a key role in Sparrows Point’s victory over Parkville last week.
Lindsey Blankenship goes up for a block during Sparrows Point’s victory over Parkville last week.
Shane Simms spikes the ball against Parkville.