CATONSVILLE, MD., NOV. 17 -- The finale of today's Maryland volleyball championships at Catonsville Community College showcased second-seeded Glen Burnie stifling No. 1 Oxon Hill, 16-14, 15-9, 15-6, in a dogfight between undefeated 4A teams.

In the 1A match, North Caroline upended Williamsport, 16-14, 15-10, 15-13. Northern defeated Rockville, 15-7, 15-9, 15-10, in 3A. In 2A, Mount Hebron had an easy time dispatching North East, 15-3, 15-6, 15-12.

Oxon Hill broke ahead early, scoring nine straight points before the Gophers settled down and embarked on a remarkable comeback. Down 13-2, Glen Burnie used a pinpoint service game and timed sets to close to 14-13. Senior Linda Fannin served Glen Burnie into the lead, 15-14, before Stacey Gilligan spiked the final kill.

"I knew serving was important, especially when you're down," Fannon said. "I just really concentrated. We got really uptight after going down 9-0 but we just talked to each other. We felt comfortable only after getting the lead."

The Gophers continued to frustrate Oxon Hill in the second game, allowing the Clippers a 3-0 lead only to have it wiped away by deliberate blocking and friendly bounces at the nets.

The game's most exciting point came with Glen Burnie up four points. After a series of volleys, Christy Hutson caromed a shot off her wrist that landed barely inbounds for a 14-9 lead. Gilligan again added the finishing touches with her second game-winning kill.

Gilligan's magnificent play foiled the Clippers for the final time when she finished them off with her third game-winning kill, this time also ending the match.

"I was so excited I couldn't believe it was game point," Gilligan said., "We've been waiting for this for three years."

Mount Hebron's most impressive performance came in its first game, as the Vikings had North East, a squad bereft of imposing hitters and team athleticism, scurrying from end to end with a series of well-place spikes and serves. Cescili Drake served the match's first ace to put Mount Hebron up 2-0. The Vikings' lead ballooned to 11-1 largely on the aggressive play of junior Brooke Christopher before North East Coach Catherine Farrell called time out.

Farrell's pep talk proved futile, however, as the Indians managed just two more points.

"It seemed like things flowed really well," Christopher said. "We got a lot of blocks because of our height. We have four starters who are 5 {feet} 8 or over."

In 3A, Northern's Kristen Kruse delivered flurries of kills that sent the Rams reeling. In the first game alone, Kruse had eight.

Northern improved to 18-0; Rockville finished 11-7.