Prep Volleyball: Williamsport comes out hot, makes big statement

November 13, 2012|By DANIEL KAUFFMAN |
  • Williamsport's Courtney Malott (5), Haley Wolff (10), Brooklyn Welch (4) and Alexis Cline (3) celebrate their sweep of Loch Raven on Tuesday in the Maryland Class 2A state semifinal in College Park, Md.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Williamsport’s volleyball team advanced to the Maryland Class 2A state final with one of the most dominating performances ever seen at the state tournament on Tuesday night.

Stacey Christy had 10 of her 14 kills in the first set, and the Wildcats blew out 2A North champion Loch Raven 25-4, 25-5, 25-7 at the University of Maryland’s Ritchie Coliseum.

Williamsport will face Calvert (15-1) — a 25-12, 25-14, 25-13 winner over North Caroline in Tuesday’s second semifinal — in the Class 2A state final on Monday night at 6.

The competitive portion of Tuesday’s semifinal ended when Williamsport used 10-0 and 12-0 runs for a 22-1 lead over Loch Raven (11-7) in Set 1.

“We set a goal at the beginning of the year, and we know we can achieve it,” Wildcats coach Emily Crabtree said of Williamsport’s pursuit of a state title. “The girls have been working hard, and I think we proved it by how forcefully we won.”

The victory fell short of the most lopsided match in state tournament history — Smithsburg earned that honor with a 25-1, 25-2, 25-7 rout of Surrattsville in the 2009 Class 1A semifinals.

“We were overmatched,” Loch Raven coach Matthew Smith said. “Williamsport was very good, faster, taller. It’s pretty evident by the stats.”

Christy used the first set to showcase the hitting skills she plans to take to Virginia Tech next fall. The Raiders had no answer for her power.

“Coming out, we were pumped up,” Christy said. “To get in there and get so many great plays all at once was amazing.”

“If I had a girl like that, I’d give her the green light, too,” Smith said.

The Wildcats opened Set 2 with a 7-0 run and added a 15-0 run later for a 24-3 lead. Lindsey Mowbray led Williamsport with three kills in the set as Emily Taylor (18 assists in the match) started mixing it up to get all her teammates involved.

“I can trust all my hitters and I know they can get kills,” Taylor said.

Junior Meghan Murray got a rare opportunity to run the Wildcats’ offense in Set 3 and finished with four assists, three aces and a kill.

“It’s fun to get in there and play, but I also like supporting the team from the bench,” Murray said.

“And that’s why we’re so successful,” Crabtree added, “because of unselfish players.”

Williamsport took a 10-1 lead with a 7-0 run and added runs of four, four and six points later in Set 3 to put the final exclamation points on the rout.

Mowbray finished with five kills, Haley Wolff had four kills and an ace, and Courtney Malott added three kills and two aces for the Wildcats.

Williamsport finished with 29 kills, eight aces and eight errors, while Loch Raven had six kills, two aces and 38 errors.

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