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Coach Jill Raschiatore and Stone Bridge players wave to fans and family members from the Siegel Center court following a five-set win versus Potomac Falls in the Virginia 5A state volleyball championship match.—Times-Mirror/Doug Stroud

Bulldogs outlast Panthers in thrilling match to win first state title

RICHMOND - A match for the ages. The first three sets each decided by the same two-point margin. A rare 9-2 surge in the fourth set to force a decisive fifth set. And a senior with minimal varsity experience prior to this year, going off in the fifth set to propel her team to victory.

Junior Rachael Cullen, left, senior Taylor Borup and the Loudoun County Raiders rejoice after winning a point during the final set of the Virginia 4A state championship match.—Times-Mirror/Doug Stroud

Eight is truly great as Raiders add to dynasty

RICHMOND - "Eight is great." Loudoun County High School coach Sherrilyn Hanna said following the Raiders' 25-20, 22-25, 25-20, 25-18 victory against Jamestown Nov. 21 in the Virginia 4A state volleyball final at the Sigel Center. Loudoun County (24-2) claimed its fourth consecutive state championship and eighth in the last nine seasons, a Virginia High School League record.

Loudoun County, Stone Bridge net state volleyball titles

The Loudoun County Raiders and the Stone Bridge Bulldogs won Virginia High School League state volleyball championships Saturday night in Richmond. Loudoun County topped Jamestown in four sets for the Group 4A title and Stone Bridge outlasted Potomac Falls in a five-set thriller for the Group 5A crown.

All-4A West Region volleyball team

Loudoun County High School swept top accolades on the 2015 4A West Region volleyball team. Senior Taylor Borup is the Player of the Year and Sherrilyn Hanna is the Coach of the Year.

Middleburg Academy players are all smiles following their state championship win versus Peninsula Catholic.—Courtesy Photo

Middleburg Academy rises above net, wins state crown

Middleburg Academy capped a stellar season in girls' volleyball by winning the Virginia Independent School Athletic Association Division 2 state championship. Middleburg swept Peninsula Catholic in the championship match Nov. 14 at Richard Bland College in Petersburg.

Senior Abby Wright and the Loudoun County Raiders will attempt to win a fourth consecutive state volleyball championship Nov. 21 versus Jamestown in Richmond.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Three Loudoun schools advance to VHSL state volleyball finals

Loudoun County, Potomac Falls and Stone Bridge high schools punched their tickets for the Siegel Center - host of the VHSL state volleyball championships - following state semifinal victories Tuesday night. The VHSL state championship matches are set for Nov. 21 in Richmond.

The Loudoun County Raiders are 4A West Region volleyball champions.—Times-Mirror/Jason S. Rufner

Raiders sweep Wolverines for 10th straight region title

Another year, another regional volleyball championship for the Loudoun County Raiders. Every autumn for the past decade, the Raiders (22-2) claimed supremacy atop their region. That trend continued Nov. 14 in the 4A West championship match, in which County swept visiting Woodgrove (16-6) with set scores of 25-22, 25-15 and 25-14.

The Potomac Falls Panthers are 5A North Region volleyball champions.—Times-Mirror/Jason S. Rufner

Panthers outlast Bulldogs for region crown

Holly Carlton was trying to remember the last time her Potomac Falls Panthers defeated the Stone Bridge Bulldogs, and wasn't coming up with anything. "I can't remember beating them. Maybe we did in my freshman year, I don't remember," the star senior said. It's easier to recall the number of region volleyball championships the Panthers have won: None, until now.

Julia Avoletta is joined by teammates and friends at her signing ceremony.—Courtesy Photo

Dominion’s Avoletta to take court for West Virginia

Dominion High School senior Julia Avoletta has signed a national letter of intent to attend and play NCAA Division I volleyball at West Virginia University. Avoletta helped lead the Titans to their first-ever regional playoff win this season.

Volleyball: Future is bright for Rams of Riverside

When the final point was tallied on the big bright scoreboard in Riverside High School's pristine new gym, the home team lost. The response from the home crowd was to applaud their Rams, and the response of the players was to embrace in both support and self-congratulations.



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