Wolverines drop Lackey for spot in 1A state volleyball final; same old story for Perryville

After winning the North Region title, Western Tech is a win away from claiming a state volleyball championship plaque. The Wolverines advanced to the Class 1A state final with a four-set victory over southern Maryland’s Lackey Friday evening at the University of Maryland.

The wait for continues for Perryville High while Western Tech is on the verge of history.

The Wolverines advanced to the Class 1A state volleyball final with a four-set decision over southern Maryland’s Lackey in a state semifinal at the University of Maryland’s Ritchie Coliseum Friday evening. The Wolverines will play Clear Spring for the state championship Tuesday evening in College Park.

Clear Spring ended Perryville’s title bid with a sweep (25-15, 25-12, 25-19) in the other semifinal. Vallery Dean finished with 11 kills for Clear Spring, which last played in the championship round in 1994.

After final trips in 2017 and 2016, Perryville left College Park again without its elusive first state title. It’s the eighth consecutive state final four trip for the Cecil County school.

It was Clear Spring which was comfortable on the Ritchie hardcourt, building a 14-3 in the opening set. Tied at 5 early in the second set, the Blazers pulled away to a 20-11 advantage. Perryville didn’t helped its cause with 13 errors in the set.

The Panthers, looking to keep their season alive, led 10-6 in the third set before Clear Spring ran off six straight winners. Perryville led 16-15, but Clear Spring scored 10 of the final 13 points to complete the sweep.

Western Tech (17-2) is in the state final for the first time as Rachael Durham finished with 12 kills and four aces, and Beatrice Maudlin added 24 assists. Miky Alves had seven kills for Lackey.

Clear Spring’s Jordyn Smith (12) hits the ball as Perryville’s Alex Leslie (left) and Gracie Stevens try to block during Friday’s Class 1A state volleyball semifinal. Clear Spring denied the Panthers a third straight final berth with a sweep at the University of Maryland’s Ritchie Coliseum.

Durham set the tone for the Catonsville school, running off five straight points, giving the Wolverines a 22-13 advantage in the opening set. Kieran Ray added six kills for Western Tech, which finished with a 35-20 kill advantage.


State final four results



Northwest def. South River, 25-10, 28-26, 25-18

Urbana def.  Eleanor Roosevelt, 25-12, 31-29, 25-21



Williamsport def. Rising Sun, 26-24, 25-13, 25-9

Glenelg def. Hereford, 25-15, 25-14, 25-14



Atholton def. Westminster, 24-26, 25-21, 25-20, 25-21

Bel Air def. Huntingtown, 16-25, 22-25, 25-17, 27-25, 15-13



Clear Spring def. Perryville, 25-15, 25-12, 25-19

Western Tech def, Lackey, 25-17, 25-17, 20-25, 25-15


State final schedule

at Ritchie Coliseum



Williamsport vs. Glenelg, 6 p.m.


Urbana vs. Northwest, 8 p.m.



Clear Spring vs. Western Tech, 6 p.m.


Bel Air vs. Atholton, 8 p.m.