The South Carroll girls volleyball team captured its eighth straight victory and seventh straight sweep last night, defeating North Carroll, 15-7, 16-14, 15-5.
The Cavaliers now share first place with Liberty in Carroll County with a 4-1 record.
South Carroll also remained in the hunt for the Central Maryland Conference title with a 9-2 overall record.
South Carroll coach Debbie Eaton is proud of the streak, but she pointed out that none of the games has been easy.
"We're not blowing anyone away at all," she said. "[Every team] has made us work real hard for each game."
Victoria Softy, who had five kills for the Cavaliers, said the team is trying to keep the streak going as long as possible.
"Recently, our games have been really close, like the second game today," she said. "But we want to keep winning 3-0."
South Carroll defeated then No. 11-ranked Liberty last week and now has two straight wins over North Carroll, which fell to 4-6 with yesterday's loss.
"We've really been playing well and communicating as a team," said the Cavaliers' Emily Wolfing, who finished with four kills. "We're having fun now, and when we have fun we play well."
Softy said the team started to win once the players became comfortable with one another.
"We have a lot of confidence in each other now," she said.
The Carroll County Volleyball Tournament might have been a turning point for the Cavaliers. They upset Liberty in a playoff to get to the finals, where they eventually lost to perennial power Francis Scott Key. They have won the eight straight matches since then.
"The tournament really fired us up," Eaton said. "That's the best we ever played in that tournament and we've been playing well ever since."
Pub Date: 10/19/99