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Western Tech volleyball sweeps Lansdowne, advances to regional finals

Western Tech sophomore Colleen Boarman connected on 29 of 29 serves to lead the host Wolverines (10-6) to a 25-16, 25-14, 25-7 victory over Lansdowne (7-10) in the Class 2A North Region Section I finals on Wednesday evening.

Boarman, an Arbutus resident, added six aces for the Wolverines who have won eight of their last nine matches after losing five of their first seven.

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"This team is a totally different team than they were a month ago and that's what we want," Western Tech coach Eric Jett said.

Boarman's most impressive serving run came in the third set when she connected on the first 17 serves to stake the Wolverines to a 17-0 lead.

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Lansdowne came into the match with wins in seven of its last eight matches, including back-to-back five-set playoff triumphs over Carver Vo Tech and Dunbar.

"It was definitely a better end of the season than beginning of the season," Lansdowne coach Carla Privateer said. "We started out with some really tough teams and, unfortunately, we finally found our momentum about two/thirds into the season and I guess momentum runs out. They were a very good team and I wish them the best of luck."

Boarman started off the first game with an ace, but when her older sister, senior Cara Boarman, took over at the service line, she started a 6-0 run that built a 9-2 lead.

Included in that surge were three straight aces by Cara Boarman.

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The closest the Vikings came was 13-9 after a block by Shayla Hugel and kill from Kayla Roberts, but the Wolverines won six of the next seven points for a 19-10 lead.

Cara Boarman had an ace and kill during the run with her sister, setter Colleen, assisting her kill.

"We have a rapport, especially since we are sisters, but also at practice," said Cara, who didn't hesitate practicing with her sister at the beach over the summer. "Midnight at Ocean City, we are like playing volleyball in the street."

Early in the second set was no vacation for the Wolverines when they fell behind 3-0 after an ace from Viking freshman Jordyn Goodman on the first of her three serves to start the set.

A kill by Hugel gave them a 5-3 lead, but Western Tech rallied and tied the score at 6-6 on a game-changing solo middle block by Morgan Goodall-Scott.

Allison Warner's kill and an ace by Cierra McKoy was followed by another middle block from Goodall-Scott for a 9-6 lead.

Her first block was the turning point of the match and setter Boarman felt the energy.

"I just try to keep them motivated," she said. "I just try to keep their spirits up all the time, but when we have a really awesome play like that it really boosts our confidence."

"That's how the game is, you get a little momentum going and sometimes you just can't swing it back in the other direction," Lansdowne's Privateer said. "It's the unfortunate side of this game. We just couldn't quite pull it back together."

Western Tech cruised to a 25-14 victory in the second set and the third set was never in doubt when Colleen Boarman served the first 17 points.

"I was just mixing it up to see what they had serve-receive wise, but I was trying different spins on the ball too," she said. "I wanted to see what I could do. I had an opportunity."

Her coach has seen her serve improve all season.

"She is really working hard on a float serve and, in here, with the vents on both sides, if you can get a ball with no spin on it, her ball does some nasty drops," Jett said. "It will move left to right and then all of the sudden the bottom will drop out of it."

The win advanced Western Tech to the regional finals at Hereford on Friday, Nov. 7 at 5 p.m.

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