Francis Scott Key finishes season unbeaten No. 8 volleyball team sweeps Fallston


There are the usual ingredients -- a surplus of talent, plenty of depth and the classic coaches' cliche "taking it one game at a time." -- that have all come together in the Francis Scott Key volleyball team's outstanding regular-season run.

And then there's the unusual ones.

I feel like a ringleader instead of a coach," said Key coach Leo Totten. Senior co-captain Ericka Rutzebeck was quick to chime in: "You'll never forget us."

The 1995 Eagles made sure of that yesterday in Uniontown when they swept visiting Fallston -- 15-6, 15-8, 15-2 -- to complete an undefeated regular season. The No. 8 Eagles won all 14 of their regular-season matches, yielding only four games the entire way, and also swept through the county tournament earlier this month.

It's often difficult to determine whether the Eagles are winning or losing at a particular time in a game. There's laughing and smiles on the court throughout with synchronized chants coming from the bench that eventually spill into the crowd. On a light practice day, Duck-Duck-Goose is the favorite game.

After the Eagles' second unit came in yesterday to win the third and deciding game, there was no big celebration.

"There wasn't a lot of screaming because we're not done yet," Rutzebeck said. "We haven't reached our final goal."

Fallston (9-5) jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the first game when Key junior Stephanie Stambaugh took over. After three kills and a block, the Eagles led 9-6 and went on to win 15-6 with some strong serving from junior Nicole Keffer and a game-closing, cross court kill from Rutzebeck.

The Eagles jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the second game with senior co-captain Kristi Hollman providing the solid serving and Keffer going down the line for a big kill during the rally.

In the third game, senior co-captain Amy Brooks was the only regular playing with the second unit doing the job. Kristy Caldwell and Ayrika Frock had big kills with Na'Tosha Brooks on serve for the final seven points.

The Eagles' volleyball team is the third team in the county this season to finish the regular season undefeated. The South Carroll girls soccer team and the Westminster field hockey team finished the season with 12-0 marks.

Girls soccer

* Westminster 6, Woodlawn 0: Sophomore Courtney Beirne scored three goals to lead Westminster over visiting Woodlawn in a Class 3A-4A West region quarterfinal round game.

Freshman Amanda Cofflin had nine saves to record her first career shutout for the Owls, who also got goals from Lindsay Dolan, Lauren Henry and Nichole Freed. Westminster (3-8-2) will travel to Howard tomorrow to take on the Lions at 3 p.m.

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