Vienna, VA ( October 9, 2014) – The Stone Bridge girls’ volleyball team took their 13-1 record to George C. Marshall High School tonight. The match opened according to story line with junior outside hitter Ashlyn Dunlop serving her top spin jump serve mercilessly and senior outside/middle hitter Shannon Williams pounding away kill after kill. The Statesmen answered back, helped by the powerhouse arm of junior outside attacker GioGio Borgiotti, through the first ten points of the first set. Then Stone Bridge gradually pulled away ending with a solid 25-16 win.
Set two started much the same way but with Marshall’s Borgiotti putting on a one-woman show, finding the floor across the net with her relentless attacks from both the front and back rows. Stone Bridge committed more serving errors than is customary, and had some difficulty passing the ball to senior setter Amy Gottschling to allow her to run her usual offensive mix. Neither team was able to pull away and the teams found themselves tied up at 24 all. With the end of the game in sight, the two teams traded off points. A crazy play in which the ball bounced off the arms of defensive specialist senior Bianca Mostert, ricocheted off the low ceiling, then rebounded off Williams’ upper body at the last second resulted in a surprise dump back on Marshall’s side of the court, keeping the set going with a 27-27 tie. But Borgiotti was determined to get a set win for her team and put away two quick kills to gain the victory at 29-27. This proved to be the highest scoring set for the Bulldogs so far this season.
Following the theatrics of the previous set, Stone Bridge regrouped and turned up the heat. They established quick leads in both sets, overpowering the Statesmen with long serving runs by Dunlop, winning the third set 25-14. In set four, Dunlop opened with another solid serving run, driving the score up 10-1 and forcing Coach Elijah Porr to use both time outs before his team scored their second point. At the end of the set Coach Raschiatore was able to sub in freshman setter Katie Muskett and junior outside hitter Maddie Ashwell who combined for 2 kills. The Bulldogs won the set and the match with a score of 25-13.
Performances of note were made by Amy Gottschling , who contributed 32 set assists, 4 digs, 3 kills, 2 blocks and 2 aces; and Ashlyn Dunlop who scored with 12 kills, 9 serving aces and too many serves to count; and Shannon Williams with 13 kills, 8 digs, 2 blocks and 1 ace.
The bulldogs are next in action Tuesday against the 6A defending state champions Langley Saxons.
Complete team stats are listed below: