Panthers open playoffs with win over Eagles
— It didn’t matter that the Perryville volleyball team had swept Bohemia Manor twice during the regular season. The Panthers were not looking past their rivals leading up to the third meeting.
“It’s really difficult to beat a team three times in a season. From what I’ve seen in the last eight years of coaching is that Bo Manor consistently gets better from the start of the season to the end of the season,” Perryville coach Matt Borrelli said. “That’s a credit to Sabrina [Larmer], she’s a great coach and she always has her team prepared. The team that we beat early in the season, we knew was not going to be the team we saw tonight. I think Bo showed that, they played really hard tonight. They should be proud of their season and how they played tonight.”
The Panthers won in straight sets, 25-13, 25-13 and 25-20.
“We can’t go into it just thinking we’re going to win,” junior setter Jordan Carr said. “Bo’s a great team and it can be a different outcome whenever we play them.”
Carr explained Perryville’s dominance in the first two sets.
“We were really just serving well and we were winning the rallies – long plays that could’ve gone either way. We were finishing those,” she said. “We played together.”
The strong serving faded in the third set, leading to the closer score.
“Tonight, we really limited our errors. We only had maybe one or two serve-receive errors. We started serving pretty in the third set, so that’s a concern,” Borrelli said. “We need to keep our serves in late in the game, but I can’t count a lot of hitting errors that we had. As long as we control how we play,
we can’t give any free points to the other team. That’s a deciding factor for any team, so we really want to limit our errors. I think we did a good job of that tonight and hopefully we can continue that the rest of the way.”
Carr led Perryville with 28 assists, seven digs, six aces and a kill, Becca Holman had seven kills and five digs and Alex Leslie added nine kills, eight aces and four digs.
The Panthers are now two wins away from their eighth-straight trip to College Park.
“Every year is different. Last year, the strength of our team was our ser ving and our passing,” Borrelli said. “We lost three really great players. Hailey Jones, our Libero, she’s playing in college right now. That’s tough to replace, so our back row has struggled a bit this season, but they’ve really turned it on here the past couple of weeks at practice. I think in terms of differences between the teams, we’re a little bit weaker with our passes this year, but we’re making up for it, I think, with stronger hitting.”
2A East Volleyball Rising Sun 3, North Harford 0
The Tigers swept the Hawks by scores of 29-11, 25-9 and 25-9.
Sophomore Sophia Eckerd had 12 kills and nine aces and Lauren Hudson had seven kills and eight aces for Rising Sun (13-2 overall). Emily Jackson recorded team highs in assists (14) and blocks (two).
The Tigers host Elkton on Wednesday in the 2A East Region Section I Final.
Elkton 3, Harford Tech 1
Elkton (12-6 overall) advances to the 2A East Region Section I Final on Wednesday at top-seeded Rising Sun.
Golden Elks won by set of 25-22, 25-20, 25-27 and
Junior Jordan Carr (22) and Perryville swept arch-rival BOohemia Manor in straight sets in the 1A East Region Section I volleyball semifinals on Monday.