FROM STAFF REPORTS
COLLEGE PARK — Fort Hill waited patiently for its first-ever appearance in the Maryland 1A State Volleyball Tournament, but the Sentinels wasted no time in disposing of Perryville in three games to sweep their way into Saturday’s State Championship.
Fort Hill (18-0) enters the finals against Carver A&T, 5 p.m., at Ritchie Coliseum at the University of Maryland. Carver was a 3-0 winner over Benjamin Franklin in the other semifinal.
The Sentinels set the tone Thursday by taking the lead and not letting go on the way to a 25-12 win, but had to show some resolve when they fell behind 5-0 to start the second game and clawed their way back for a 25-19 victory. Fort Hill finished the sweep by trailing only once during a 25-17 win in the third game.
“We got out to a very strong start in the first game and once we got up by several points early we were able to keep the lead the whole way,” said Fort Hill Head Coach Joey Brewer. “The second game was closer than it should have been, but they had a really good server who got some points against us and we had to fight our way out of the deficit. We missed six serves in game three that allowed Perryville to keep the score close, but we fixed our problem and were able to take control to finish up.”
Haley Wolfe had a double-double with 23 assists, 13 points and eight digs. Sarah Lowery came up big with 13 kills, eight points and four aces and Sierra Minnick added 12 points, seven digs and five aces. Troie York had four digs and three kills, Erin Amoruso had three digs and three kills, and Rachel Alderton had four kills.
“We were clearly the better team tonight, and I think this might be the best team we are going to see in the tournament,” Brewer said. “It’s a little anti-climactic to possibly play a team that isn’t as good as Perryville, but they are a totally different level of opponent. We were able to come out strong and set the tone for how the match was going to play out. That’s what we need to do on Saturday, regardless of the opponent. Go out and try to execute the best we can, control the ball when we have it and attack it when it’s on the other side. If we do that we can win.”