Season ends for Leonardtown volleyball
Lose in three sets to South River in 4A East section final
EDGEWATER — Leonardtown’s hopes of advancing to the region volleyball championship volleyball were derailed Wednesday night following a straight-set loss at the hands of host South River in the Class 4A East Region Section II final, falling by scores of 25-22, 25-17 and 25-16.
South River (14-3 overall), the top seed in Section II, will face Arundel for the region crown.
Leonardtown and South River were tied at 9-9 ear- ly in the second set, but the hosts never trailed from that point until the end of the match, a span of 70 points.
The Seahawks also had a 11-3 advantage in runs of three points or more.
The Raiders (12-4), the second seed in Section II, lost a set for the first time since a 3-1 loss Oct. 23 against La Plata.
“They passed better than us, therefore they could run their offense and we were limited in what we could do offensively,” Leonardtown head coach Steve Correll said. “They were good and they were big, too. When you have only one 6-footer it’s hard to compete against a team that has a whole front row of 6-foot girls. I’m proud of my girls, we had a great year and [this match] will leave a nasty taste in our mouth, but we accomplished a lot of our team goals and they represented our school well.”
“They’re a very good team and they have that chemistry together that we don’t have, that we tried to work on the whole season but we just didn’t get,” said
Leonardtown senior Katie Buckalew, who will play beach and indoor volleyball for Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida next fall. “They had really good players all over.”
The first set, which featured a total of seven ties and three lead changes, saw the Raiders holding a 13-11 lead, but South River answered with a 7-1 run and won 14 of the next 22 points. The Seahawks’ Erin Canter earned the final point of the set when she pummeled a kill between a pair of blockers.
“Game 1 we played very well, but we had a few mental mistakes,” Correll said, referring in part to four service errors.
The second set saw six ties in the first 18 points before South River pulled away on a 16-8 run for the win.
South River put together a 7-1 run in the third set to break open a close match, though Leonardtown closed to 18-14 with Cara Correll at the service line.
The Seahawks sealed the win with another 7-1 run, with Leonardtown’s point coming when Correll faked a set and pushed the ball into open space.
Buckalew had a team-high nine kills and Kyra Pratley had five kills. Correll had a teamhigh seven service points, Buckalew and Katie Hancock each had three and Lily DeVito added two.
“We played for each other and I think that’s what I’m going to miss about this group of seniors is they were great role models for the younger kids,” said Steve Correll, who will lose six seniors.
“It didn’t end the way we wanted it to, but we had a very good season and I think we’re all very happy with our record,” Cara Correll said. “This is a team that had the most enthusiasm and energy I’ve played on in my four years of high school.”
Leonardtown’s Cara Correll, right, fires up teammates Maddie Argobright, left, Kyra Pratley and Carly Tobler after a Raiders point during Wednesday’s Class 4A East Region Section II final at South River. Leonardtown was swept in three sets.
Above left, Leonardtown’s Cara Correll, left, and Kyra Pratley team up to stop a kill attempt by Savannah Doctor during Wednesday’s Class 4A East Region Section II final. The Raiders were swept in three sets. Above right, Leonardtown’s Maia Brown sets for teammate Katie Buckalew as South River defenders Emily Speciale, left, and Jessica Adams await the ball during Wednesday’s Class 4A East Region Section II final.