Mustangs Turn Back Gophers to Remain Unbeaten in 2011

Mustangs Turn Back Gophers to Remain Unbeaten in 2011

Block by Rain, Lanzarotta Puts Goucher Up 20-16 in Second Set

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Goucher allowed a four-point lead late in the second set of this evening's match against Stevenson to slip away and with it went the Gophers' chances of knocking their local rival from the ranks of the unbeaten.

Instead the Mustangs, after breezing to a 25-7 victory in the opening set and rallying to win the second set, 25-22, were able to finish off the 3-0 sweep of head coach Michael Bossom's squad by coming out on top in the third set, 25-9.

Goucher's only leads in the opening set were 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 before Stevenson went ahead for good on a service ace by Christine Isenberg that made the score 4-3. The Gophers picked up only four more points the rest of the way: one on a block by Trish Kallis (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park), another on a kill by Megan Chalk (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) and the remaining two on service errors by the Mustangs (6-0).

A block by Tori Rain (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) and Addie Lanzarotta (Los Angeles, Calif./Culver City) provided the Gophers (1-4) with a 20-16 advantage in the middle set, but the Mustangs answered by capturing the next seven points, going ahead for the first time on a kill by Kristin Steinnagel.

A kill by Kristen Courage (Port Washington, N.Y./Paul D. Schreiber) accounted for Goucher's only point early on in the third set a Stevenson jumped out to a 6-1 lead.

Chalk supplied the Gophers with a team-high total of seven kills and was credited with 10 digs.