COLLEGE PARK - -Two area schools recorded volleyball state championships Saturday at the University of Maryland's Ritchie Coliseum.
Fourth-ranked Broadneck (17-2) started out on fire, and came from behind in a frenetic third game to record its third consecutive Class 4A title, defeating Magruder (18-1) of Montgomery County, 25-15, 25-19, 28-26.
Just as in the semifinals, the Bruins were led by hitter Kourtney Salvarola. The senior recorded 14 kills, many at crucial points in the match, and sparked the Bruins' offense.
Broadneck was down 18-13 in the final game, but used several kills by Salvarola (14 kills, 13 digs) and a timely ace by Danielle Jordan (five kills) to get back in the match.
"We came back from a big deficit in the regional final [when the Bruins were down 13-2 to Severna Park], so I knew we could do it again," said senior Carlee Rossiter (26 assists). "We kept going back to that, and I think it helped us rally."
Seventh-ranked Francis Scott Key (18-1), used a dominating defense and senior leadership from Christine Isenberg (12 kills, nine digs) and Kellee Stonesifer (10 kills, 13 digs) to defeat North Caroline (18-1), 25-18, 25-22, 25-10 and win the Class 2A title. The championship was the sixth overall for the Eagles, but the first since 1996.
The Eagles were in control most of the match, but were pushed late in the second game by a Bulldogs rally. Key coach Tim Walsh called a timeout to stop the run, and Isenberg and Stonesifer took over.
"Once we were able to again dig ourselves out of the hole, I knew we'd calm down," Stonesifer said. "We were in the huddle [during a timeout] and I told them we needed to calm down and play our game."
Junior Megan Frye had 26 digs and four aces, including two in the final two points of the match, to secure the win for the Eagles.
Top-ranked River Hill (17-2) fell behind Calvert County's Northern (19-0) and never recovered, dropping the 3A championship, 25-20, 13-25, 28-26, 25-19.
The Hawks were on the verge of taking a 2-1 lead in the games, but could not hold on. River Hill led 24-21, but the Patriots used a Krissy Tretick (17 kills, 13 digs) kill and strong serving from Lindsey Schmeiser (five assists, 11 digs) to take the lead.
"We made a lot of miscues in our passing, and that was the difference," said River Hill coach Sybil Modispacher. "We run a lot of our offense off of our passing, and it wasn't there at times."
"We just didn't click," said Hawks junior Megan Rosburg (six kills, 10 digs). "It was the little things that didn't go right for us. It's frustrating, but it will make us work harder during the club season."
Northern won its ninth state title, while River Hill lost in the finals for the second time, the other being 1999.
In the Class 1A title game, Smithsburg of Washington County (19-0) got 23 kills from Sara Rishell to defeat Frederick County's Catoctin (9-11), 25-16, 25-16, 25-18. The victory was the Leopards' sixth volleyball state championship, and first since 2001.
Class 4A: Broadneck def. Magruder, 25-15, 25-19, 28-26
Class 3A: Northern (Cal.) def. River Hill, 25-20, 13-25, 28-26, 25-19
Class 2A: Francis Scott Key def. North Caroline 25-18, 25-22, 25-10
Class 1A: Smithsburg def. Catoctin, 25-16, 25-16, 25-18