Leesburg, Va (November 15, 2014) – On Saturday two of the top teams in Virginia volleyball met for the 4A North Region Championship, Loudoun County and James Wood. On the line was not only the Region Championship but home court advantage for the first round of the state championship on Tuesday. The Loudoun County Raiders (27-2) had beaten Woods earlier this season, but at 25-3 James Wood was looking to even up the record.
The first set was what one would expect with two strong squads, the Raiders and the Colonels battled going by point up to 19-19. Wood pulled ahead 23-22 and won the first set 25-22.
The Second set saw the Raiders using their front line in kills and blocks to pull out a 20-10 lead and coast to a 25-14 victory and evening up the match.
The third set was a seesaw event with Wood dominating the Raiders building up a 19-9 lead. The Raiders went on a 10-3 run to make it a 19-22 deficit. The Colonels held on win 26-24 but the late 15-9 run would be a foreshadowing of things to come.
The fourth set opened with the Raiders back to the wall as they were one set away from elimination. Coach Hannah told the girls to settle down and follow the game plan they had laid out. The Raiders did just that playing the Loudoun County volleyball the rest of the state has come to expect, executing flawlessly to a 25-6 convincing win and settling up the deciding fifth set.
If there was any question who had the momentum in the fifth set it was answered quickly as County jumped out to a 7-2 lead and traded points to a 15-7 set and match victory.
Commenting after the game Loudoun County head coach Sherrilyn Hanna said “I am tired of playing James Woods,” pointing out that they are an excellent team that also has high expectations for the season. The two teams could very likely meet each other again for the State Championship match. Hanna could not say enough about this year’s volleyball squad. After losing five seniors including the All-Met Player of the Year and first team libero and having a new head coach, no one had high expectations this season but every single team player contributed to bring them two games from another state championship.
On the bench with coach Hanna were here two daughters and former Loudoun County state champions Julian and Margeurite. Coach Hanna said she would not have it any other way.
The Raiders will host Jamestown Tuesday at 7:00 for the state semi-finals. James Wood will travel to Grafton on Tuesday.
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