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Perryville girls volleyball back in state final after sweep of Douglass

Perryville's Bea Muscella puts a shot over the block attempt from a pair of Frederick Douglass opponents during a Class 1A state semifinal volleyball match at University of Maryland's Ritchie Coliseum on Wednesday, Nov. 15.
Perryville's Bea Muscella puts a shot over the block attempt from a pair of Frederick Douglass opponents during a Class 1A state semifinal volleyball match at University of Maryland's Ritchie Coliseum on Wednesday, Nov. 15. (Brian Krista / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

College Park—The Perryville Panthers seventh straight trip to the Class 1A girls volleyball state tournament resulted in a fifth state final appearance.

The Panthers (17-4) easily defeated Douglass of Prince George’s County in straight sets Wednesday night inside the Ritchie Coliseum at the University of Maryland.

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The scores were 25-4, 25-7 and 25-15.

The victory gives the Panthers another crack at Smithsburg. It’s the Leopards who have beaten the Panthers in all four previous state finals.

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The match is set for Saturday at 5 p.m. at Ritchie Coliseum.

“Tonight, I thought we played really well, we were very efficient with our serving and our hitting and that’s something we’ve been working on a lot at practice the last week,” Panthers coach Matt Borrelli said.

The Panthers rolled from the start behind that serving with senior Hailey Jones (14 service aces, six digs) serving the Panthers out to an 17-1 lead.

The Eagles (16-2) had back-to-back points in the set, but the Panthers service game was just too, tough.

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Senior Brooke Reynolds (six aces, three digs, one kill) served 12 straight points in set two for a commanding 20-1 lead, after Jones opened the set with seven straight served points.

“It’s just the same thing we do at practice, just focus on the ball, try and tune out everything,” Reynolds said of her team’s serving success. The Panthers had just three service errors.

Douglass, behind the serves of Morgan Eugene, made a brief run late in the set, before the Panthers closed it out.

The Panthers also had solid net play with senior Bea Muscella leading the way with nine kills. Jordan Carr added three kills, four aces, two blocks and 20 assists.

Set three provided the first ties, 4-4 and 7-7, before Perryville took control with seven consecutive points and a 14-7 lead.

The Eagles got no closer with Rebecca Holman (six kills, three blocks) closing the match with a kill.

Douglass senior Morgan Eugene had three aces and two kills to lead the Eagles.

“This is our first time coming this far in the state tournament, so that was really exciting for us this year,” Eagles coach Angela Alcain said. “It was a huge learning experience for the girls.”

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