Dulaney takes 3rd straight Balto. County championship; Western's title run at 4; Doves dump Poly, 3-0; Volleyball roundup


Third-ranked Dulaney blocked any hopes of No. 12 Towson pulling an upset in the Baltimore County championship, cruising to a 15-4, 15-3, 15-1 victory.

The visiting Lions (15-0) won their third straight title and finished the season without losing a game to a county opponent. The last time the Lions lost to a county team was Nov. 8, 1997, when Perry Hall upset them in their Class 4A regional final.

Monday night, the Generals (12-3) hung with the Lions before falling, 15-13, 15-10, 15-2. Last night's match was different.

"They were a different team than they were on Monday," said Towson coach Jayne Lacy. "They didn't make a mistake. I can think of one serve they missed, and other than that, their play was very, very good. We played better than we did Monday night, but we couldn't answer."

Against the Lions' prohibitive defense, the Generals managed just three kills.

"We just blocked the daylights out of them," said Dulaney coach Ian Blanchard, "and what we weren't blocking, we dug."

Lauren Perkins and Nicole Tuttle had seven blocks each. Leanne Costa led the Lions with 12 kills. Tuttle contributed nine kills, and Lindsay Lawson and Perkins had eight each.

Baltimore championship

Western won its fourth straight city title yesterday, 15-1, 15-8, 15-3, over next-door neighbor Poly.

Ericka Butler's eight kills and 16 digs led the Doves (10-2), whose Joycia Gorham had 12 digs.

In the 1990s, Western has won eight city titles. The Doves have taken 13 titles since the city championship's inaugural season in 1975. Poly fell to the Doves last year, too.

Deloran Wilson and Mia Thomas led the Engineers.

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