Bel Air and Fallston Women’s Volleyball Win Regional Titles – Baltimore Sun


Bel Air won its third consecutive women’s volleyball title in the region and eighth overall on Wednesday night, beating C. Milton Wright, 3-0, for the 3A North Region II Championship.

Fallston also won their fifth regional title, while Patterson Mill’s bid for a third title fell through.

The Bobcats (15-0) won quite comfortably, 25-15, 25-12, 25-17. Bel Air will host Crofton (14-4) in the state quarterfinals on Friday at 5:30 p.m.

“I think our team has become more surgical and precise over the year,” Bobcats coach Dave Simon said.

The Bobcats were far from perfect, but with the power of Kayden Hardenbrook and Lexi Couch at net and the serves of several, especially Megan Cassaday, Bel Air was just too good that night for the Mustangs (6-9 ).

Hardenbrook’s first of three kills in the set helped set the tone, and the Bobcats were leading 12-6 when CMW called its first timeout.

Couch (three kills) and Jaydn Betters (two) contributed to the opening set victory, while Cassaday (four aces, nine digs) served two aces as the lead increased to 18-11.

Two more aces for Bel Air put the Bobcats up 22-12 before ending the set. Jayda Patterson had four kills in the set for the Mustangs.

In the second set, Bel Air took a 9-2 lead. The Mustangs had a bit of a run, but a combo block from Couch and Anaiah Lewis ended it, and the Bobcats led 11-5. Seven aces in the set helped the Bobcats extend the lead to 14-7 before moving to 17-8.

Lewis added his second block to put the Bobcats in place. Seconds later, it was 2-0 Bobcats with the 13-point win.

In the third and final set, Cassaday served the Bobcats to an 8-1 lead, prompting CMW coach Dave Naugle to call a timeout.

The stoppage helped as the Mustangs won five of the next eight points to lead 11-6. Couch and Hardenbrook, however, were just too much. Couch (nine kills, three aces) had six kills in the set and Hardenbrook (nine kills) had five to push the Bobcats to victory.

Patterson (seven kills) had four in the final set to keep the Mustangs in it for a while. Patterson also had an ace and three digs.

Bel Air served eight more aces in the final set, including the final point, to complete the sweep and put the Bobcats in another victory of a comeback trip to the state semifinals.

“Honestly, I think our team played really well together, we really found a connection,” said Hardenbrook, a sophomore. “I really think that’s a big part of becoming a regional champion.”

Mustangs suffered in two obvious areas; serving and serving returns. CMW recorded a season-high 23 serve/reception errors, including 17 dropped runs on Bel Air aces.

“A lot of girls, it’s new for them, this environment. We only had two girls back from the 2019 season and we played in this place and it was exciting, it was loud and we knew that. was going to be like this,” Mustangs coach Naugle said. “We could tell they were a little tense and we were like, hey, you gotta kill the ball, you can’t just give it back to them, because they will kill us every time.”

Mackenzie Springer (five aces, two kills, 15 assists), Autumn Grimsley (two aces, 13 digs), Jaydn Betters (two aces, two blocks), Grimsley (13 digs) and Ava Meyer (11 assists) contributed to the Victoire.

“I’m super proud of them, they put in a lot of hard work,” said Simon. “We expect a lot, we work very hard in training. I always told them that the greatest joy they could have as a player was to work very hard and then enjoy the fruits of their labor.

Libby Gross (11 assists, five digs), Ana Mioduski (four kills, three digs, one ace, one assist), Ciara Green (two kills), Sophia Lyons (one kill) and Miranda Turner (one kill listen)) helped lead the Mustangs.

The Cougars (8-8) won the 2A East Region I title against the host Tigers (8-8), 22-25, 25-18, 25-12, 25-18.

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The Cougars’ solid offense provided 13 aces and 25 kills. Allie Book (11 assists), Amanda Sharpe (three aces, five blocks, three eliminations), Lyndsey Kregel (six blocks, three eliminations), Samantha Conrad (three aces, two eliminations), Ellery Thompson (three aces, five eliminations) , Kyra Douglass (eight kills), Abby Ruth (14 digs) and Grace Pfaff (seven digs) led the Cougars.

The Cougars will be on the road Friday or Saturday in Hereford (15-1) for their national quarter-final.

The Huskies (6-9) were defeated in the Region I 1A East final by the hosts Eagles (14-2), 25-19, 28-26, 31-33, 25-13.

Grace Bonhoff, Ella Laurentius, Josie Otremba and Julia Shrewsberry combined for 36 kills, while Ava Shores and Otremba teamed up for 54 digs in games filled with incredible rallies.

Senior Abby McDowell finished a great season with 34 assists and 20 digs.

“At the start of this season I mentioned the courage this team is showing, and after an early season injury to senior Cailey Jones, it has become more evident than ever, the resilience of this great young team as “She was rallying around the only remaining senior, setter Abby McDowell, and eager to get together right now,” Huskies coach Brandon Jones said.

“With four sophomores in the starting lineup tonight, they fought a great team relentlessly and even pushed a game past 30 points before winning this set. It was really something special to be part of it. Although winning back-to-back regional titles would have been great, I couldn’t be more proud of this team.


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