COLLEGE PARK -- Patterson Mill won the first game of its Class 1A state semifinal with Catoctin, but the Huskies were their own worst enemy in the other three games, dropping a 13-25, 27-25, 26-24, 25-22 decision to the Cougars from Frederick County.
The Huskies held a 24-22 lead in the second game and a 24-21 lead in the third game but could not put Catoctin away.
Haley Jarcynski led Patterson Mill with 26 digs and seven kills. Elise Manning paced Catoctin with 18 kills.
The Cougars will face Washington County's Smithsburg in the Class 1A state championship. That match will be played at Ritchie Coliseum at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
In the second match, Smithsburg (18-0) had little trouble dispatching Surrattsville (14-3) of Prince George's County, 25-1, 25-2, 25-7. Smithsburg's Taylor Belella served 11 aces in the first game and 12 for the match, which both set a state tournament rally scoring record.