Pointer vol­ley­ball top­ples Knights

The Dundalk Eagle - - FRONT PAGE - By BILL GATES bgates@ches­pub.com Fol­low me on Twit­ter @DEa­gle_s­ports

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.

PHO­TOS BY BILL GATES

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.

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