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No. 1 Dulaney beats Towson in straight sets for Baltimore County volleyball title

It never gets old for Mallory Svoboda and the Dulaney volleyball team.

The senior recorded seven kills and set up many others to lead the top-ranked Lions (15-0) to a 25-19, 25-13, 25-23 victory over host Towson for the team's fourth straight Baltimore County championship.

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Milan Amos led Dulaney with 11 kills. In the match, the Lions often were their own worst enemy, but they always rallied when they needed to.

"They gave us a run for our money, but we were prepared for them," Svoboda said. "We knew what we had to do, and we went out and did it."

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The Lions jumped out to big leads in all three games, only to be pushed by a tenacious Towson effort in the first and third sets.

Dulaney started with a 7-0 lead in the first set, but the Generals kept finding holes and taking advantage of the Lions' mistakes to cut into the lead. Towson eventually closed the gap to 23-19 before the Lions got kills by Olivia Finckel and Rebecca Rawlinson to close out the set.

Towson (15-1) fell behind, 12-3, in the second set, and the Lions played their most complete set of the match. After Towson used a tip and a kill by Caroline Deignan (five kills), and an ace by Margit Maple, the Lions came to life.

Dulaney got two aces by Sydney Cohee and kills from Finckel and Briana Briggs to run the lead back to 17-9. The Lions were never threatened in the set after that.

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The third set was the closest of the three. The Generals kept tipping the ball to open places in the defense, and Dulaney had trouble reacting. The Lions led by as many as four, but Towson managed to tie the set at 22 on a tip by Isabel Faust (four kills, two blocks) while trying to extend the match.

Dulaney got an ace by Mariah Menguito, as well as a kill by Svoboda on the last point to put the set away.

"It's always fun to win this, but we battled ourselves tonight," Dulaney coach Cary Lyon said. "They were getting a lot of tips in, and we didn't play very good defense."

Towson coach Emily Berman echoed Lyons' sentiment, but about her team.

"We didn't play very well," Berman said. "They gave us a ton of points, and we didn't capitalize. We needed to serve well and pass well to beat them, and we didn't do either. We were committing serving errors when they had more than 20 points [in a set], and you can't do that against a team like that."

Baltimore County Championship

(at Towson)

No. 1 Dulaney d. Towson, 25-19, 24-13, 25-23

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