Sea­son ends for Leonard­town vol­ley­ball

Lose in three sets to South River in 4A East sec­tion fi­nal

The Enterprise - - Sports - By MICHAEL REID mreid@somd­news.com

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.”

STAFF PHOTO BY MICHAEL REID

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.

STAFF PHO­TOS BY MICHAEL REID

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.

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