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Loudoun’s Fall Varsity Sports Rewind: Aug. 22-25 games

Briar Woods, Riverside and Tuscarora each won varsity volleyball matches Thursday night. Loudoun County, Stone Bridge and Woodgrove prevailed in field hockey, while Dominion and Stone Bridge won dual golf matches.

Kevin McCandless practices his setting technique prior to a match during his senior season at Rutgers-Newark.—Courtesy Photo

McCandless caps impressive college volleyball career

Kevin McCandless is the average post-graduate college student. He enjoys the finer points of life, enjoying summer vacation while job-hunting for a career as a software developer. To the naked eye, the 6-foot-3 Leesburg native and Heritage High School graduate is just a normal guy in his early 20s. But one look at McCandless’ trophy case will prove otherwise.

Potomac Elite Volleyball Club 16U team.—Photo Courtesy/Michelle Morris

Potomac Elite win Irish Rumble volleyball crown

The Potomac Elite Volleyball Club 16U team struck gold at the Irish Rumble, placing first among 48 teams March 12-13 in Manheim, Pa. Potomac Elite's roster includes three players - Susan Cahan, Meghan Cleary and Mable Henry - from Woodgrove High School in Purcellville.

Western Loudoun Volleyball Club’s 14U Team Krush.—Courtesy Photo

Western Loudoun Volleyball Club nets success at Capital Hill Classic

A handful of Western Loudoun Volleyball Club teams competed in the 10th annual Capital Hill Classic Volleyball Tournament during President's Day weekend. The event included nearly 1,000 teams and was contested on more than 100 courts at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Jacob Brantley elevates for a slam during a recent Northern Virginia Volleyball Association 18 Fire team practice.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Court authority: Area’s only boys’ team gives volleyball a bump

Within the hierarchy of the Loudoun-based Northern Virginia Volleyball Association, there are 35 teams representing age groups from after kindergarten to before college. Of those almost three dozen squads, just one is for the boys. But they're really good boys.

Virginia Fusion Volleyball Club 15s team.—Courtesy Photo

Virginia Fusion rise to top of volleyball net

The Virginia Fusion Volleyball Club 15s team placed first in the Patriot Division at the Capitol Hill Classic, contested Feb. 13-15 in Washington, D.C.

Taylor Borup, left, and Holly Carlton were teammates on the Metro American Volleyball Club 18 travel team that won the Gold Bracket title at the 2015 USA Volleyball Junior National Championships.—Courtesy Photo

Loudoun volleyball standouts are finalists for national award

Loudoun County High School senior Taylor Borup and Potomac Falls senior Holly Carlton are finalists for PrepVolleyball's National Senior of the Year award, which recognizes one outstanding player from each graduating class on the basis of their high school performance.

Hitmen are an instant hit on volleyball court

Western Loudoun Volleyball Club's Hitmen, a 14U boys' team, placed second Jan. 17 at the BRYC Boys Winter Tournament. The Hitmen are the first-ever boys' team for WLVBC and this was the first tournament experience for several members of the team. Front row, from left, are Parker Osoba, Tiernan Caulfield and Ryan Croson. Back row consists of head coach Allan Kotmel, Andrew Plowman, Spencer Holdridge, Alex Kotmel and Ethan O'Rourke.

Riverside’s Hayes nets All-State volleyball honor

Riverside High School junior Soraya Hayes was the lone Loudoun player selected on the 2015 Virginia High School League Group 3A All-State volleyball team. Hayes, who also plays for Vienna Elite Volleyball Club, also garnered first-team All-Conference and All-Region honors as a middle hitter.

Marsha Hermes talks to her players during a break in the action.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Hermes resigns as Briar Woods volleyball coach

Marsha Hermes has resigned her position as head volleyball coach at Briar Woods High School after three seasons. Hermes was tabbed VHSL 5A Coach of the Year in 2014 after guiding the Falcons to their first state volleyball championship.

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