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Cavaliers sweep North Caroline in three games


Staff writer

COLLEGE PARK The Calvert Cavaliers are one win away from their first state championship in 10 years after sweeping North Caroline of Caroline County in three games at the Class 2A state semifinals Tuesday night at the University of Maryland's Ritchie Coliseum in College Park.

Calvert won by scores of 25-12, 25-14 and 25-13.

The Cavaliers (15-1 overall) needed just 65 minutes to dispatch the Bulldogs and earn a berth in the final against perennial state qualifier Williamsport of Washington County.

The Wildcats, who have been to the state tournament a record 20 times, made short work of Loch Raven of Baltimore County in the other 2A state semifinal.

The state championship match is set for 6 p.m. Monday, also at Ritchie Coliseum.

"It was just ball control," Calvert head coach Tim Smith said of his game plan against the Bulldogs. "Serve tough and run our offense."

Calvert had 11 runs of three points or more compared to one for North Caroline (17-2). The Cavaliers never trailed in any of the three games and there were just two ties 1-1 in Game 2 and 4-4 in Game 3 but they countered that latter run by winning the next four points and 10 of the next 13.

"All year we've just tried to keep the ball in play and tried to get them to make mistakes and be ready for anything," Calvert senior outside hitter Rachel Hornick said.

The Bulldogs, who have been to the state tournament 17 times and won their only championship in 1990, struggled with Calvert's offensive speed and pin-point placement of shots. North Caroline won just 39 points, 10 of those coming on errant Calvert serves.

"Calvert's a really good team," North Caroline head coach Doug Clark said. "They kept us off balance, they're more balanced than any team we faced all year. Our girls played together and left it all on the court."

Calvert 3, North Caroline 0

North Caroline 12 14 13

Calvert 25 25 25