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Warriors sweep floor like it's 1984

November 13, 2007|By DAN KAUFFMAN

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - One to go.

Boonsboro's volleyball team was far from perfect against Glenelg in the Maryland Class 1A state semifinals at the University of Maryland's Ritchie Coliseum on Monday, but they were good enough to sweep the 1A South champions 25-22, 25-21, 25-13 and secure a spot in Saturday's state title match.

The Warriors (13-4) were not as sharp as they were in last week's 1A West semifinals and final, but nonetheless will go for their second state title - their first came in 1984 in their only other trip to the final - when they face South Carroll on Saturday at 5 p.m.

"Our team chemistry against Poolesville and Williamsport was excellent," Boonsboro coach Andrea Parry said. "We need to go back to basics, make sure we're working together, and the whole team has to play well. We want to have fun, and defense is the key. Defense wins games and championships."

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Boonsboro struggled in Game 1 Monday, when the Warriors committed 13 of their 29 errors in the match. But Glenelg committed 35 of its own errors, and the Warriors' presence at the net was enough to offset the defensive woes.

"Defensively, I don't think we played the game we're capable of," Parry said. "Our offense kept us in the game."

Tara Garver had 17 assists, four kills and 14 service points - finding the touch on her jump serve after struggling with it against Williamsport in the 1A West final on Friday.

"After the first game, we were able to play as a team and started picking it up," Garver said. "The second game, we came together more. We realize we can win states."

Alison Griffith had 12 kills and eight service points. Griffith's five kills in Game 1 were a major factor in Boonsboro staying a step ahead of Glenelg.

"I can't get any kills without good passing or good sets," Griffith said. "You need a team to do it."

Brynn Arnone had seven kills, Cortney Silvis and Emma Dalton each had four kills and Katie Gantz had three for the Warriors.

"We're a team that plays to win, not to lose," Parry said. "We come out and pound the ball. That's what we do best."

Glenelg suffered a setback midway through Game 1 when setter Casey Schmidt limped to the bench with an ankle injury. She did not return.

"It was an unfortunate loss for them," Parry said. "She's a good player, and you could tell she kept their team together. Her loss hurt them mentally."

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