Ashburn, VA (October 4, 2016) – The Potomac Falls Panthers hosted the Stone Bridge Bulldogs in the first of two conference matches this season. This is the first time the two teams have played each other since the Virginia 5A State Championship last November.
Both teams have seen a huge change in personnel since last year, with the teams having lost eight seniors combined and gaining a total of 13 sophomores on their varsity rosters.
Stone Bridge defeated Potomac Falls in 3 straight sets with scores of 25-14, 25-18, 25-12 to improve to 14-4 for the season. Potomac Falls dropped to 5-8. For the Bulldogs, senior Gabbie Scudder led the team in scoring with 10 kills, 1 block, and two aces. Katey Muskett and Sammie Paguia combined for 24 assists and all-state senior libero Ryley Gill had 13 digs.
Potomac Falls Senior Kylie Thomas entered the match with 973 career kills, five short of the school record. She rattled off five in the first set to tie the record, and Potomac Falls took a time out to honor Kylie when she broke it.
After the game, Panther first year head coach Nick Puszert described Kylie as a hard worker and one of the smartest volleyball players he has ever coached. He pointed out her goal of collecting 22 more kills to end her high school career with 1,000+, a milestone for for any volleyball player. In addition to her on-court contributions, Puszert also praised her leadership as the only senior on a team with eight sophomores.
Kylie Thomas will continue her volleyball career next season as a Virginia Tech Hokie.
Potomac Falls is in action tomorrow at Broad Run and Stone Bridge hosts the Spartans on Thursday.