With Jennifer Wylie back in top form, the fourth-ranked Dulaney volleyball team continues to show it will be a state-title contender once again.
Wylie, a senior outside hitter, slammed 15 kills and an ace yesterday to lead the host Lions to their second three-game sweep of a ranked opponent. Senior setter Bruna Fonseca added 20 assists and five kills, and sophomore outside hitter Sarah McKinley had nine kills and won 14 points on her serve, in Dulaney's 15-12, 15-9, 15-12 victory over No. 5 Centennial.
Wylie, a key contributor to the Lions' 2000 Class 4A state championship team, sat out all of last season because she twice broke her left foot.
"It's good to be back," said Wylie, who also once broke her right foot in club competition. "It was very hard being on the sideline and wanting to go in to play and feeling like I could have really helped the team out. It was tough."
Dulaney, which earlier this season beat No. 9 Severna Park in three games, improved to 4-0 under new coach Joanne Marshall.
"Last year we had Veronica [Briggs], who is an awesome player, but we basically only had her," said Fonseca, who set up Wylie for 11 of her 15 kills. "This year we have Wylie back and we also have better middle hitters, so that takes a lot of pressure off. ... We're a totally different team this year. We have a much better bond."
In defeat, junior outside hitter Erika Swan had eight kills, and junior setter Leanna Kelly had seven assists.
Centennial (2-2) led in each of the first two games before Dulaney came from behind late. The Eagles led the first game 12-9, but the Lions responded with six straight points, all on McKinley's serve. Fonseca set up Wylie for two kills, Fonseca had a kill, and Centennial committed two errors during the run.
In the second game, Centennial led 8-5 before Dulaney finished on a 10-1 run. Wylie closed it with her only ace.
Dulaney rushed to a quick 11-4 lead in the third but had difficulty closing the match. Centennial won seven of the next nine points to pull within 13-11, and fought off four match points at 14-11. But on Dulaney's fourth match point, junior Sarah Nugent served an ace.