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Roland Park sweeps St. Timothy's in volleyball

Talk about a squad building momentum for the playoffs. Roland Park Country School heads into the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference volleyball tournament with 11 wins in its last 12 games.

The Reds finished the regular season Thursday by sweeping visiting St. Timothy's, 25-18, 25-15, 25-10.

Now, top-seeded Roland Park appears poised to make a run at a title.

The Reds get a first-round bye, then host a game Wednesday. Catholic or the Institute of Notre Dame are possible opponents.

Roland Park coach Shawn Slater said he wanted a strong performance from his Reds before the playoffs started, and he got it against C Conference foe St. Timothy's (11-4).

"We have had some slow matches the last couple of games and we haven't produced as well as we have been," Slater explained. "This is really good going into the playoffs for us." 

Freshman libero Ariana Rodriguez (16 digs, 5 aces), senior outside hitter Claire Muller (12 digs, 5 kills) and junior middle blocker CeCe Finney (5 blocks) led the winners.

St. Timothy's best performance came from sophomore setter Alara Kocak (20 digs, 5 kills).

The hosts struggled some in the first game. St. Timothy's led 16-14, but the Reds held their composure and closed with a 11-2 run behind the serving of freshman Bailey Andrews.

"It's indicative of our season," Slater said of the first game. "Coming out slow has been our M.O."

Roland Park raced out to a 7-1 advantage in game two and were never threatened after that.

The Reds (13-2) were even more dominant in game three.



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