Severna Park is still the king in Anne Arundel County volleyball and not about to give up the throne if yesterday's sweep of Broadneck in a matchup of unbeatens is any indication.
Strong and timely serving enabled the No. 4 Falcons to roll, 15-3, 15-12, 15-11, over the No. 7 Bruins in Cape St. Claire yesterday.
With the win, Severna Park took over sole possession of first place in the county league.
Despite his Bruins (7-1 league, 7-1 overall) owning only two wins over the Falcons (8-0, 8-3) in school history -- the 1994 regular season and the 1990 region semifinals -- Broadneck coach Romanzo Beans is not convinced Severna Park is "the team to beat."
"Surprised? No, they played ball and hey, they're a good squad," said Beans, when asked if he was surprised that his team was swept in the first of what could be three big showdowns.
With two county matches left, it's likely the two will finish 1-2 and play for the county championship on Nov. 2 at Broadneck. They could play again in the 4A East Regional.
So, is Severna Park, county champion four years running and 10 of 12 years under coach Tim Dunbar, still the team to beat?
"Oh no, no, no, no, no, " Bean answered. "That's gone, that's over."
Dunbar responded: "Our girls wanted to make a statement because we know we're going to have to play them at least once more, maybe two more times. You want to make a statement, and you want to play well."
Dunbar felt the Bruins also "played well" and that "it wasn't that easy of a match." There were a lot of rotations, and his Falcons had to work for their points.
The serving of sophomore Megan Boyd (12-for-12, three aces, 21 assists), Megan Medford (16-for-18) and Lauren Briggs (11-for-12, three aces) kept the Falcons in command.
"We came out really confident and more relaxed than we did against Dulaney," said Briggs of the Falcons' 3-1 loss to No. 3 Dulaney.
"We were very tight and nervous against Dulaney but not tonight. Broadneck's a big rivalry, and we will meet them again."
Severna Park also got nine kills from Liz Carriker and five each from Briggs and sophomore Lauren Klau in a good all-around effort propelled by their clutch serving.
"We missed several serves, but we didn't miss them at crucial times," Dunbar said.
"They [the Bruins] missed them in crucial times, after they made a big play or when they were getting closer they would miss it or throw it out of bounds. We missed at 7-1, 12-2 or something like that, and that doesn't hurt you."
Beans said he pleased with the blocking of Alice Osborne and the play of setter Nicole Barr.
"Severna Park played excellent. There's nothing to be disappointed about," Beans said.