Severna Park rolls past Glen Burnie Volleyball


Glen Burnie volleyball coach Juanita Milani said she hopes her team gets a second chance at playing Severna Park this year.

It would be understandable if Milani wished never to see the Falcons again.

No. 2 Severna Park turned yesterday's battle of unbeatens into an awesome display of power volleyball, hammering its way to a 15-3, 15-2, 15-6 victory over co-No. 9 Glen Burnie.

The Falcons collected 33 kills, led by senior outside hitter Julie Kasprzak with 13. They never trailed, and the best Glen Burnie (6-1) could do were two ties in the first game and one in the third.

"We were just never in the match," Milani said. "They hit well, they served well, they did everything well, and we missed out on the basic fundamentals of passing. Everything else can be working great, but when you can't pass, you can't hit. Hopefully, they learned from it and can get over it."

Senior outside hitter Jen Conner had six kills for Severna Park (5-0), winners of the last two Class 4A state championships. Senior Susan Wren had 22 assists and was 13-for-15 serving with three aces.

Senior Holly McKlveen and sophomore Julie Allen each had four kills, and senior Nikki Godfrey was 11-for-14 serving with two aces.

The numbers were more humbling on the other side. Glen Burnie's leader in kills was junior Heather Hutson with three.

"We played them at Old Mill in a tournament at the beginning of the season, and what we saw there wasn't what we saw here," said Kasprzak, who was 16-for-16 serving with four aces. "They were really tough against us at Old Mill."

Not this time.

The score was tied, 2-2, in the first game when a couple of Glen Burnie errors with Kasprzak serving got Severna Park rolling. The lead grew to 8-2 after two aces from Conner, and four consecutive kills from Kasprzak put the Falcons up, 12-2. A Conner kill and an ace from Godfrey made it 14-2, and Kasprzak ended the game with an ace.

In the second game, the Falcons ran off the first four points and later took a 9-2 lead. Wren served the five straight winners and another Kasprzak ace ended the game.

Severna Park built a 9-1 lead in the third game when Dunbar began going to his bench. Sophomore Lauren Butler served three winners, including an ace, that put the Falcons ahead, 14-6, and an ace from junior Cara Voegtlin assured the sweep.

"Glen Burnie's got a lot of young kids and they're going to play a little more inconsistent. I start six seniors with a lot of experience and they're getting better by the match," said Severna Park coach Tim Dunbar, whose team could meet the Gophers in this weekend's North Caroline Tournament, though they are in separate brackets.

The Falcons haven't lost a game this season, but Dunbar said, "We did not play very well last week against Chesapeake, and I don't think we really played super-sharp against Annapolis. But we were very sharp against Broadneck, and our defense was even better today.

"It's good, aggressive hustling defense. They're not afraid to go down and get themselves a little dirty."

That kind of play led to another clean sweep yesterday.

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