Lions exist upset-minded Bulldogs

Queen Anne’s 3 — N. Caroline 2

CENTREVILLE — It wasn’t a start Kim Betts had hoped for during Jody Hyde Gymnasium, yet she got a finish she wanted.

Queen Anne’s County High’s volleyball group forsaken a initial set of Wednesday night’s Class 2A East, Section II championship to North Caroline, notwithstanding winning 14 of a set’s final 23 points.

“They unequivocally came out strong,” pronounced Betts, a Lions conduct coach, of a second-seeded Bulldogs. “They gave us all we wanted tonight. They played tough; we were clever adequate to reason on, and it showed we can play by some tough times.”

The top-seeded Lions rallied, winning a second and third sets, yet North Caroline answered by holding a fourth. In a end, though, Sydney Fenex’s mount during a net in a fifth set valid pivotal, assisting beam Queen Anne’s to a 23-25, 25-16, 25-19, 18-25, 15-9 victory.

The win puts a Lions (14-2) in Friday’s informal final during 5 p.m. during Rising Sun. The Tigers swept Fallston, 3-0, Wednesday night to take a Section we title.

Despite a loss, North Caroline conduct manager Amanda Vanskiver was pleased. “This competence have been a best we’ve played together all year,” she said.

“We didn’t have any of that [attention-deficit] things like final time,” pronounced Vanskiver, alluding to a Bulldogs’ five-set sectional semifinal win Monday opposite Kent Island. “They unequivocally played a good match, commencement to end.”

The teams traded points early in a opening set before a Bulldogs (12-4) took a 6-5 lead. Though a set was tied a integrate of times thereafter, North Caroline pulled out by as many as 7 points. The Lions tied it, 22-22, before a Bulldogs surged forward with dual discerning points. Queen Anne’s survived a initial set indicate during 24-22, when a Bulldog bombardment flew long, yet a indirect use indicate by Lions sailed into a net, finale it during 25-23 in a preference of a visitors.

“They kick us 3-0 and 3-1, in a dual (regular-season) matches we had with them this year,” Vanskiver said. “We hadn’t led them during all in sets until tonight.”

The second was nip-and-tuck many of a way, until, forward 13-12, a Lions put together a 3-1 run. Though a Bulldogs pulled within a singular indicate 4 times in a set, they fell brief on use immediately after — and a Lions hermetic it with a 9-1 emanate down a widen to even a match.

The third set was a nutshell chronicle of a whole night, a teams trade blows behind and onward for roughly half an hour. At one widen of 13 points, 11 opposite players served, and usually once did a group win uninterrupted points.

The Lions led 11-7 after that mad exchange, yet it led to another one, in that a Lions, after 3 ties, used a 4-0 Lion run to non-stop it up. Unable to compare them, a Bulldogs fell off a gait and mislaid a third set, 25-19.

The Bulldogs non-stop a fourth set strong. North Caroline won a initial 4 points off a use of Ali Ward — Queen Anne’s had won a initial dual or some-more points of all of a initial 3 sets — and were adult 8-2 before Betts called a timeout to reorganize.

“The girls on both sides unequivocally played hard,” Betts said. “There was never unequivocally a indicate where we felt protected in this match.”

North Caroline stayed prohibited after a stoppage, though, and led 19-8 before a Lions done it respectable, pleat a necessity to 23-18, before losing a final two, and a set, that evened a match.

Then it was Fenex’s spin to shine. With 4 kills and a span of blocks in a fifth set for a home team, “she stepped adult huge,” Betts pronounced of Fenex. “She played a unequivocally pivotal purpose for us tonight.

“She had a unusual night,” Betts added. “(She had) large kills, and she even had blocks … of shots from their behind row, too. She only had a unequivocally outrageous night tonight.”

Down 4-2 in a final set, a Lions rallied with 3 points, and changed to a 9-8 lead, as Bulldog libero Sarah Mast put a round up.

Fenex used all of her 5-foot-11-inch support to daub a round gently behind a front line of Bulldog defenders, violation their offer and giving her group a two-point lead. Haley Stallings served for a subsequent 4 points to make it 14-8.

The Bulldogs, confronting a compare point, got a initial one, to lift to within 14-9, yet that was as tighten as it got, a Lions winning a compare on a subsequent point.

Queene Anne’s Kelly Cavanagh purebred 12 kills, 3 blocks, and 15 digs, while Allie Harris notching 12 kills, 3 blocks and 6 digs. Lion libero Sydney Parsons had 10 digs from a behind row.

“We done 16 use errors,” Betts said. “There were moments when we were unequivocally out of synch. In a fourth set, it wasn’t about winning a compare as most as it was about removing a right crew in place as things went on. We came out of a fourth set with some-more power and some-more round control, and we were means to use a hitters and put a round down. And we took advantage of net play.

“We hadn’t trailed them before,” Betts added. “So that was a new demeanour for us, and it was good that we could conflict back.”

Vanskiver lauded her team’s intensity.

“Before this, we talked about expectations, and what people suspicion of a chances,” Vanskiver said. “And they unequivocally lived adult to all we had hoped they could do.”

“We remove 7 seniors this year, including both a liberos, and a lot of talent,” Vanskiver continued. “But we consider we’ve got some good girls entrance back, and we’ve got (people) entrance adult from jayvee so we consider we’ll be means to get behind into it flattering quick.”

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