Bel Air, Perryville win region girls volleyball crowns

Girls volleyball teams from Bel Air and Perryville captured region championships Friday night, and both will play in state semifinals next week at the University of Maryland.

Bel Air, which also won a region title last year, was scheduled to play Class 3A South Region champion La Plata Tuesday at The University of Maryland's Ritchie Coliseum.

The Bobcats (15-2) won the 3A North title with a 3-2 win over host Towson. The Bobcats dropped the first game, 25-14, but bounced back to win games two and three, 25-20 and 25-22, respectively.

Towson pulled out a 26-24 win in game four, forcing the deciding fifth game. Bel Air won the fifth game and the region with a 17-15 win.

Celeste Roland led the Bobcats with 15 kills, while Taylor White had 10 kills. Amanda Rodriquez contributed 25 assists and six kills.

Panthers wins again

Perryville won the Class 1A East Region title for the second time in three years. The Panthers (16-3) swept visiting Colonel Richardson, 3-0. Game scores were 25-9, 25-10 and 25-12.

The Panthers will face West Region champion Fort Hill on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Ritchie Coliseum. Fort Hill upset four-time defending state champion Smithsburg.

Leading the Panthers were Morgan Tennant, 24 assists, 13 service points, three kills, three digs; Emily Merklinger, 16 kills, 11 service points, six aces, four blocks; Teri Wennersten, five blocks; Rachel Bell, 11 service points; and Kaylan Smith, five digs.

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