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Catonsville volleyball comes up aces in sweep of Chesapeake

Catonsville's servers came out firing aces and continued throughout the match in a show of power during a three-set sweep, 25-11, 25-10, 25-8, of  Chesapeake (6-6) Thursday night at Catonsville High School.

Junior Amanda Bingaman led the Comets (4-5) with nine aces, including a flurry in sets one and three that helped the home team pull away.

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"My main goal was for my team because my team deserved it," said Bingaman, who had three aces during a serving run in the first game that saw the Comets extend the lead from 2-1 to 8-1. "I wouldn't be anywhere without my team."

Catonsville coach Amanda Kaufman was excited to see the serving proficiency.

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"They all served great," Kaufman said. They served in today. That forced them to make the errors."

Junior setter Amanda Voll added three aces and senior Joanna Grap had a pair in the first set.

Sophomore setter Catherine Ott started the second set with three aces and sophomore Amber Lally added three in the second rotation as the Comets built a 10-5 lead.

Julia Lienard had three kills, Maya Wichhart had two and Belle Douglas, Kiannin Nai and Tori Prium added one kill each in the second set.

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The Comets never trailed in the match, but they nearly lost the first point in the third set.

They won it thanks to three defensive saves by Kateri Weiss, Lienard and Nai to keep the point alive.

The highlights for Chesapeake came on a combined block by Teja Fulmore and Courtney Tripp and a pair of kills from Emily Ward.

The Comets led 3-1 in the third set when Bingaman took the service line and reeled off nine straight points, including six aces.

"She is recovering from shoulder issues (tendonitis in her right shoulder) so that is nice to see from her," Kaufman said.

Bingaman didn't start playing volleyball until she came to Catonsville as a freshman.

"I couldn't serve at all when I came out freshmen year, but I definitely worked on it hard," said Bingaman who gains confidence when she get her first serve in. "If you get you first serve in you become more and more aggressive. It's definitely about a rhythm."

Coach Kaufman also like the rhythm of her two setters, Voll and Ott.

"They played defense and their weren't a lot of errors," she said. "They played well."

The Comet coach also praised the spunk of the Bayhawks.

"One thing they did do, they hustled," Kaufman said. "They went for absolutely everything."

Kaufman was also pleased to see her team respond after losing in three sets to Franklin two nights earlier.

"After Tuesday, it was very nice to see them get a win and serve in and keep the ball in play, so it was a nice turnaround," she said. "They needed it as much as I needed it."

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