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Falcons Experience Proves Too Much for Underdog Northwest Netters


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By Kevin O’Rourke

After a championship loss many teams might say, “We’ll get ‘em next year.” But very few can say it with the conviction of the Northwest volleyball team, which lost to in the 4A State Championship to a very experienced Severna Park High School team, 3-1, on Monday night at the Ritchie Coliseum at the University of Maryland.

The Jaguars will return every member of the team which made this season’s historic run to the championship game. For a team of 11 juniors and two freshmen, it has been somewhat magical run to the final game. The Northwest volleyball program has never made it past the regional quarterfinals, but even back in mid-September Jags Head Coach Stephanie Blake knew she had something special in this team.

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“All the girls have so much talent. It is so fun to work with them and see them do things they didn't think they could,” said Blake back in September. “We will continue to work hard and I can't wait to see where we can be by playoff time.” It turned out, that her talented team was good enough to challenge a team that has been volleyball power for some years.

The Severna Park Falcons were making their second straight appearance in the State finals. The Falcons were on the losing side last year and were determined not let another championship slip between their fingers.

Severna Park seniors, six-foot, Sophie Hoesktra and six-foot-four Mary Smith, combined for 30 kills in the four sets. The Falcons also got a tremendous game from junior Tara Register, who pitched in for 12 kills.

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