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Reservoir wins five-set rubber match against Howard in 3A state quarterfinals | Volleyball roundup

Reservoir volleyball, seen in this file photo from earlier this fall, defeated Howard 3-2 in the 3A state quarterfinals on Friday night.
Reservoir volleyball, seen in this file photo from earlier this fall, defeated Howard 3-2 in the 3A state quarterfinals on Friday night. (Jeffrey F. Bill/Baltimore Sun Media)

In a battle between programs that split during the regular season on the way to sharing the Howard County title, Reservoir prevailed in round 3 on the road against Howard in another five-set thriller in the 3A state quarterfinals on Friday night.

After falling behind 2-1 and facing match point in the fourth set, the Gators (16-1) rallied past the Lions (15-2) to win the final two sets for a 3-2 victory. The game scores were 27-29, 25-15, 19-25, 26-24, 15-10.

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Reservoir advances into the state semifinals for the first time since winning a state title in 2007, earning a match-up against top-seeded North Hagerstown — a winner over Magruder in its quarterfinal — on Monday at Harford Community College.

With its back against the wall in the fourth set, Reservoir stayed alive after trailing 24-23. The Gators rattled off three straight points to prevail and extend things to the decisive fifth frame.

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Then, using the momentum from the previous set, Reservoir jumped ahead and never trailed in the final game to close things out and set off a celebration on court.

Leaders for Reservoir in the victory were Gabby Allen (14 digs, 5 assists), Samiha Foster (36 kills, 8 digs, 2 blocks), Madison Hill (6 kills, 5 digs), Kelsey Holmes (5 kills), Haley Ko (16 assists, 5 digs), Anjola Omolewa (2 kills, 4 blocks) and Jess Rothermel (22 assists, 7 digs, 3 aces).

Howard was led in the loss by Tyller Williams (8 blocks), Corinne Chau (18 kills, 11 digs, 5 blocks, 1 ace), Darien Garner (5 kills), Ayanna Pharoah (2 aces, 26 assists, 15 digs) Briana May (12 digs, 4 assists), Sophia Platt (6 digs), Morgan Harris (8 digs) and Alayna Drnach (4 aces)/.

3A state quarterfinals

North Hagerstown def. Magruder — 3-0

Bel Air def. Crofton — 3-2

Huntingtown def. Poly — 3-0

1A state quarterfinals

South Carroll def. CMIT North — 3-0 [25-20, 25-17, 25-15]

The eighth-seeded Cavaliers (10-7) went on the road and swept the top-seeded CMIT North squad. South Carroll was led by Lili White with 7 kills and Cali Kalishek with 11 digs and 6 service aces. Other strong performances came from Ava Fogle (5 kills, Emily Trail (5 kills, 7 digs) and setter Lindsey Willie and Jenna Askeland with 11 digs apiece.

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South Carroll will play in the state semifinals on Tuesday against the winner of Williamsport and Dunbar.

Mountain Ridge def. North Dorchester — 3-0

Bohemia Manor def. Academy for College and Career Exploration — 3-0

2A state quarterfinals

Century def. Calvert — 3-1 [20-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-20]

The Knights (14-3) regrouped after dropping the first set to win three in a row and advance into a state semifinal match-up against Eastern Tech. Standouts for Century included Eva Brandt (17 kills, 12 service points with 3 aces), Uchechi Mba (7 kills), Jasmine Stanton (4 kills, 11 service points, 4 aces, 11 digs), Hannah Zabik (10 digs) and Vanessa Gude (14 digs). Alyssa Hoffman and Maggie Abramson also played well and combined for 31 assists

Glenelg def Queen Anne’s County — 3-0 [25-8, 25-7, 27-25]

The Gladiators (12-5) earned the sweep to advance into a state semifinal matchup against Hereford on Monday. Leaders in the victory were Mackenzie Calhoun (15 kills, 3 aces, 8 digs), Sydney Yoon (1 ace, 2 assists, 18 digs), Sarah Parker (6 aces, 6 kills, 1 assist, 10 digs), Lindsay Kelley (4 aces, 7 kills, 1 block, 19 assists, 9 digs), Lauren Lapointe (4 kills, 1 block) and Liesl Walter (1 kill, 2 blocks).

Eastern Tech def. Gwynn Park — 3-1

Hereford def. Fallston — 3-0

4A state quarterfinals

Arundel def. Bowie — 3-0

The Wildcats (16-1) earned their third sweep in three playoff matches, advancing to face top-seeded Sherwood in the state semifinals on Tuesday.

Wootton def. Dulaney — 3-0

Sherwood def. Bladensburg — 3-0

Leonardtown def. Urbana — 3-2

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