Broadneck Volleyball Sweeps Severna Park, 25-22, 25-18, 25-13
The Severna Park volleyball team had not lost a set the entire season before Thursday’s matchup against Broadneck. But when former Falcons head coach and current Bruins head coach David Verostic traveled to face the Falcons, Severna Park was on the other end of the sweep.
Broadneck (7-1 overall) handed the Falcons their first loss of the season in straight sets, 25-22, 25-18, 25-13.
“We had a game plan of staying in system as much as possible and controlling the flow of the game,” Broadneck sophomore Jordyn Beans said. “The pace, the tempo, everything.”
The first game was a battle. Severna Park (6-1 overall) didn’t trail, until the Bruins began to rally.
“We had game one in our hands and we just tightened up and started to play not to lose and waiting for them to make mistakes,” Severna Park head coach Tim Dunbar said. “We have to take advantage of the lead and put the ball away, and we just weren’t doing it.”
After coming back from a four-point deficit to win game one, Broadneck never looked back. They did not trail for the rest of the match. Bruins senior middle hitter Dallas Jasper led the charge in the second game with three kills and finished the match with five kills and three blocks.
“I think the first game Severna Park actually thought they had a chance,” Verostic said. “This matchup between Broadneck and Severna Park is always a big mental contest rather than just a skills competition. I feel like both teams are pretty evenly matched; it’s just a matter of which team can be more mentally tough.”
With their backs against the wall, the Falcons showed some fight early in the third game before Broadneck got back in sync.
To seal the win, Beans went on a hot streak and served consecutive aces. She finished the game with 19 assists and five aces.
As a team, Broadneck finished with 14 aces, compared to Severna Park’s three.
“We were slow,” Dunbar said. “We stood and watched a lot of things happen when we should be moving our feet, and Broadneck was a step quicker than us the whole entire match.”
After the three-set sweep, Verostic quickly credited the Bruins’ practice regimen as a key reason for their success.
“We’ve been working super hard in our gym at practice,” Verostic said. “We’re doing things that other people in this whole state are not doing. Our practices are a battle in themselves. These girls have a chip on their shoulder, they fight hard and they have pride. It’s very refreshing for me to have that out of this group of girls.”
Severna Park’s offense was led by seniors Kara Glynn and Lauren Kirchenheiter with six kills each. Defensively, the Falcons were led by Sara Henke and Sophie Hoekstra with nine digs apiece.
“You hope it’s a wakeup call,” Dunbar said. “ I don’t think these are the kinds of girls that are going to shrug their shoulders. We’ve got South River on Tuesday and Arundel the Monday after that. We’ve got tough games from here on out and we’ve got to be ready for the playoffs, and we’re not ready. We’re just not ready. They just got beat.”
This article was corrected from an earlier version that listed the scores of the game incorrectly. The correct scores are 25-22, 25-18 and 25-13 in favor of Broadneck.