Two teams that are used to being among the elite teams in their respective leagues met on the volleyball court Tuesday evening at Mount de Sales in hopes off starting the building process towards another dominant season.
Mount de Sales used flurry of rocket serves and had 16 aces in the three games and the host Sailors prevailed 25-17, 25-14, 25-12.
The victory was the first for the Sailors who lost to Holy Cross in the opener Aug, 30.
Towson, which has won four straight Baltimore County titles, was playing its season opener and they were without five graduated senior starters that played on last year's state semifinalists and the 2010 state championship team.
"They were serving tough, but the problem was we were not serving tough," Towson coach Emily Berman said.
Sailor sophomore Camry Beaumont led the Sailors with seven aces.
"That is one of our strengths," Sailor coach Monica Owensby said. "If we can keep that going I'm not going to tell them to let up."
Beaumont and senior Ayla Montague each had three consecutive aces in the first game to keep the Generals from getting into any offensive rhythm.
Towson, playing without starting setter Julie Wright (concussion) also lost backup Anna Sillers to illness after the first game.
Starting junior libero Georgie Teuten took over setting duties for the final two games.
"What is frustrating is we have had some injuries and some illness," Berman said. "It's a different team than what we had on Aug. 13."
Berman praised Teuten's setting in her emergency role, but missed her leadership in the back row.
"With her at setter, it takes away a very good passing option for us," Berman said.
Teuten did find some setting options in senior Hannah Glazer, junior Emmie Healey and sophomores Haley Hickler and Sabrina Nance, but it was Mount de Sales senior setter Chelsea Owensby who really flourished.
Owensby, an all-star last season, finished with 34 assists, with the top benefactors being senior hitters Colleen Finley (10 kills), junior Annie Tavera (7 kills) and freshman Emily Smith (6 kills).
Seniors Katryna Katulski and Ayla Montague, juniors Ashton Flater, Megan Hren and Lynn Walsh and freshman Molly Jordan also contributed to the victory as Owensby employed all 11 players.
It's a strategy she plans to use while trying to find the right mix to get them back to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship game where they have been the past five seasons.
They lost in 2007, but won titles the next three years before falling to Spalding when they finished 16-4 last year.
"We have nice balance and that's what people don't realize," Owensby said. "We have versatile players."