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Fallston claimed its third straight UCBAC girls volleyball title Monday night, but it wasn’t easy as Patterson Mill took the Cougars down to the wire in five games, before the Cougars pulled out the win. The match was played at Bel Air High School.

The Chesapeake Division champion Cougars won the first and third games by scores of 25-22 and 25-23 respectively, while the Susquehanna champion Huskies won games two and four, 25-18 and 25-23 respectively, to force the deciding fifth game.

In that game, Fallston trailed for much of it, before rallying in the end for a 15-13 win.

In game one, Patterson Mill jumped out to a 8-3 lead, before Fallston roared back to take its first lead at 11-10.

Fallston then surged ahead, 19-13, only to see the Huskies come back and tie the game at 22-22.

Fallston sophomore sensation Rachael Holehouse scored one of her match high 30 kills to put the Cougars up, 23-22, setting up Caroline Shotto to serve out the win. Shotto’s game-winning serve was an ace.

In game two, the Huskies again built the lead, 9-4, but this time did not allow the Cougars to climb back in.

With the kills of Caitlin Herman, Patterson Mill stretched the lead to 17-8 and then 19-11. The Cougars were able to get within six points down the stretch, but the Huskies put the game away on a long point that Fallston eventually hit out.

In game three, it was Fallston that took a lead, 9-4, forcing Patterson Mill to call time-out. It worked as the Huskies went on an 8-4 run to begin a comeback.

The Cougars led, 17-15, when Alex VanNeste was subbed in for serving purposes. VanNeste was able to get the Cougars two points and a 19-15 lead, before losing serve.

Katie Allen’s serving pulled the Huskies even at 22, forcing Fallston to use a time-out.

Maddie Ford’s kill put the Cougars back ahead, 23-22, but Meghan Andrews answered with her own kill for the Huskies to retie the game.

The Cougars moved ahead, 24-23, when Andrews hit the ball into the net and Holehouse ended the game with a kill.

In game four, the Cougars had their best start, leading, 8-1, but the Huskies responded and in a big way.

The Huskies got the lead down to four, 16-12, and when Monica Negron’s shot down the line landed in, the Huskies were down by just two, 20-18.

Clinging to a 23-21 lead, Fallston watched the potential four game victory slip away as Holehouse’s hit into the net tied the game at 23-23.

A Herman kill, followed by a game winning dink, put the Huskies in the win column.

In the fifth game, the Cougars took a 1-0 lead but Patterson Mill scored seven of the next 10 to lead, 7-4. The Huskies maintained at least a two-point lead until Holehouse’s kill and served point pulled the Cougars to within one, 11-10.

The Huskies led, 13-11, but the Cougars got serve and Shotto served the game out, the last point coining on a Holehouse kill.

“I was really proud of my team, given the circumstances. We have three starters out and that was the first time we have ever done that rotation,” Cougars head coach Nicole Hoover said. “Abby Claborn has never played middle and Shotto is usually the libero. Therefore, given the tenacious fight that Patterson Mill gave us and the one-time lineup, I was impressed with our resilience in the victory.”

Holehouse added 13 service points, three aces and 19 digs to her night, while Erika Schmidt had eight digs and 48 assists. Ford finished with nine kills.


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