Towson setter Kat Lincalis knows how finishing second feels. After last night, she also knows how revenge feels.
The No. 8 Generals (12-2) used a strong effort by Lincalis and a large presence by their middle hitters to defeat visiting Dulaney, 25-17, 25-21, 25-15, and win the Baltimore County volleyball championship. The victory avenges a loss to 13th-ranked Dulaney in last year's title match. Lincalis (29 assists) was also a member of that team. Towson defeated Dulaney (12-4) early in a regular-season game this year.
"Revenge is sweet," Lincalis said. "We were so tired of losing to them in big games. I think we just wanted it more than they did."
The Generals came out tentatively in the first game, falling behind 10-6. They rallied to dominate the rest of the game and take the first game easily, 25-17.
Dulaney rallied in the second game. After Towson built a large lead (12-6), the Lions chipped away and used three straight aces by Sarah Grasiewicz (6 kills, 13 digs) to tie the game at 14. The game was tied at 21 before Towson got kills by Julia Myers (13 kills, 3 blocks) and Tarver Shimek (7 kills, 4 blocks), along with a block by Myers, to take the second game, 25-21.
The Generals had little trouble in the third game, capturing the school's first volleyball title since 2001.
"They wanted this bad," said Towson's first-year coach, Emily Berman. Lincalis "played an unbelievable game. She's so quick to every ball."
Dulaney coach Cary Lyon complimented the Generals, and Lincalis in particular.
"They played good defense, and their setter outplayed our setter," Lyon said. "She's an awesome passer and a good defensive player."