Pan­thers open play­offs with win over Ea­gles

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By SEAN GROGAN sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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,

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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

The scores

25-16.

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

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO BY SCOTT SERIO

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.

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