Falcons volleyball celebrate Senior Night with four-set victory; Sale has 16 kills
by PJ Owen
Special to VSN
It will be another year before Severna Park High junior outside hitter Maggie Sale celebrates Senior Night with her friends and family, but that didn’t stop her from sending off her elder teammates on a winning note Tuesday night.
Facing a youthful, but athletic and long Broadneck front line, Sale produced a game-high 16 kills, including three during a pivotal nine-point run in game three, to guide the Falcons to a 3-1 win against defending Anne Arundel County champion Broadneck by the scores of 25-22, 20-25, 25-11, 25-18.
“It’s a big win, ” Sale said. “Beating Broadneck is always a lot of fun (and) it’s so fun spiking (Siena DeCicco’s) sets.”
Sale didn’t steal all of the spotlight as senior Anna Lou Marriner captured those nine consecutive service points, largely fueled by Sale’s three kills and three aces by Marriner, as the Falcons (2-0) opened up a commanding 17-5 lead in the pivotal third set en route to the 25-11 victory and a 2-1 advantage.
“She played great,” said Severna Park coach Tim Dunbar of Marriner. “Her serving was on point and her passing was good. She’s a girl who worked really hard the past four years.”
Sales and senior Ally Fetcher (10 kills) combined for seven kills in game four and the Bruins (2-1) were plagued by a handful of errant passes and serves as the Falcons sealed the match via a 25-18 fourth set victory.
“We had girls step up that we normally don’t rely on as must go-to players,” Dunbar said. “We’re pretty deep. I think they had a lot of fun.”
In a truly back-and-forth first game, where the Falcons held the largest lead of four twice, Severna Park eked out a 25-22 win on a long serve and a miss hit by the Bruins, who received four kills each from Madeline Stewart and Natalie Luscomb.
Led by the net play of Luscomb, who added six kills and a timely ace, the Bruins evened up the match with a 25-20 victory in the game. Broadneck opened up an 11-7 lead and never relinquished the advantage the rest of the way as Luscomb ( 20 kills, 11 service points, seven days) produced four kills down the stretch to seal the win.
“We didn’t pass very and that was very impactful, ” said Bruins coach Tracey Regalbuto, who lost six seniors from her 2019 state finalist squad and featured numerous underclassmen Tuesday evening. “We’ve got a young team. That was all sophomores and a lone junior.”
One of those Broadneck sophomores, Bella Rubino, produced seven kills and nine digs.