Kent exists early in region volleyball tournament

Cameron Spence (6) and Natalie Walls (7) are among the eight underclassmen on Kent County’s varsity volleyball team.

FEDERALSBURG — Kent County had the misfortune of drawing red-hot Colonel Richardson in the Class 1A East Region II volleyball tournament’s opening round.

The Colonels (10-9) would ride a six-match win streak into the state semifinals, and their playoff success began with a sweep of Kent County’s girls on Nov. 4.

The set scores were 25-21, 25-15 and 25-17.

“We started great and then we just lost our edge,” Kent coach Michelle Phillips said in an email.

“We were plagued with unforced errors and they were overwhelmingly noticeable in this match,” she said. “Points that we should have earned we did not finish, and we had trouble service receiving.”

Phillips said while the Trojans “pulled together and all tried to win the match,” the Colonels played better on this day.

Colonel Richardson swept Kent in the regular season’s home-and-away series, with scores of 3-2 and 3-1.

Kent finishes 2-12, which is not indicative of how closely contested many of the matches were, according to Phillips.

“I think this team was a great team regardless of our win-loss record,” she said.

Colonel Richardson defeated Kent County and North Dorchester to win its first region crown since 2010.

Seeded sixth among the eight state quarterfinalists, Colonel Richardson on Friday upset third-seeded Reginald Lewis, 3-0.

In the state semis on Monday, No. 2 seed Patterson Mill ousted Colonel Richardson, 3-0, at the University of Maryland’s Ritchie Coliseum.

Patterson Mill (12-5) will face off against Smithsburg (11-8) on Saturday for the 1A state title. Smithsburg, the fifth seed, upset top-seeded Western School of Technology and Environmental Science, 3-0, in Monday’s other semifinal.

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