In her 11 years as Catonsville High's volleyball head coach, Amanda Kaufman's Comets had never beaten Dulaney.
In her 11 years as Catonsville High's head volleyball coach, Amanda Kaufman's Comets had never beaten Dulaney.
That changed Tuesday evening when the host Comets (5-1) defeated the No. 11 Lions 25-22, 25-20, 25-21.
"I am so proud of the girls. I couldn't be more excited and the six seniors on the team they deserve it more than anyone else," said Kaufman, noting her team has only captured one set in those previous 10 seasons. "They have worked hard."
Senior Mitra Harrison led the attack with 13 kills and seniors Kateri Wess (three aces) and Amber Lally (three aces) and junior Nicole Beautz (two aces) led aggressive serving and passing games that allowed senior setter Catherine Ott to control the offense.
"I think the defense really played hard," Lally said. "We really went out there and we were really focused and we just kept the ball off the floor."
Senior middle hitters Madi Burinsky and Jenna Wallace also contributed with key plays at the net and junior Kelly O'Keefe contributed with five kills.
Dulaney (3-2) was led by the hitting of MyKayla Milchling (11 kills) and Kayla Anderson (five kills).
"The bottom line is they performed and we did not," Dulaney coach Cary Lyon said. "They were smarter with their defense. When they would dig the ball up they were doing something smart. We would try to do stuff instead of just getting it back sometimes."
Kaufman was confident in her team's passing and serving from the outset.
"Once the game started I wanted the girls to move their passes around and serve aggressively and they were able to get aces off of it and free balls back," Kaufman said.