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By Dennis Atwood - sports@nvdaily.com

FRONT ROYAL -- The Warren County Wildcats volleyball squad was not only 0-3 in Evergreen District matches this season, but also 0-for-the previous two seasons since they joined the newly-created district.

That all changed Tuesday night as the Wildcats swept the Brentsville Tigers 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-18).

Six-foot junior middle hitter Jade Rowe led the Wildcats' attack with four kills in the first set, six in the second set and two in the third set for a match-high 12 kills and four blocks.

"I'm just excited that we won our first district match," Rowe said. "We're all pumped and we were all working together to make this happen.

"We had good passing, good back row, good sets and good hits."

"They just had no answer for Jade [Rowe]," Wildcats coach Scott Wilde said. "She's just a dominant force."

Junior Rachel Cerretani's 16 assists on the night included sets which fed seven of first-year varsity player Rowe's scoring hits.

Cerretani's left-handed jump serve accounted for a trio of aces in the first set and five of the Wildcats' total of 15 for the match, and she contributed three kills, including two sneaky sets redirected as soft-touch open spot kills.

"Awesome because we've never done it before, we're really excited," Cerretani said of the Wildcats' first district win. "This is the second year {Rowe's] played, and her first year on varsity, and she's amazing. She likes a high set because she can get on top of the ball."

After falling behind 3-1, Warren County (6-1, 1-3 Evergreen) moved out quickly and sharply in the first set after Brentsville (1-11, 0-4 Evergreen) committed the first of only two service errors in the set.

Rowe then scored her first kill, followed by a trio of aces by Patricia Thompson, to give the Wildcats a 6-3 lead.

After Courtney Thornburg and Haleigh Kilby notched kills for the Tigers, the Wildcats went on an 8-2 run, featuring three kills by Rowe, kills by Cerretani and Autumn Troxell, and an ace by libero Nicci Hutzell to make it 14-7.

At 15-10, Cerretani contributed a trio of aces, then committed Warren County's only service error of the set.

Down the stretch, Thompson, Brooke Rutherford and Troxell smacked kills and Alyson Fox lasered the Wildcats' eighth ace to back-left corner while Thornburg hit two more kills, and Amairaini Paderes and Jessie Hostetter scored one kill each for the Tigers.

But the Tigers also committed their first attack error to give the Wildcats their 19th point, and Brentsville's third attack error presented Warren County with set point.

In the second set, the Wildcats moved smoothly to a 16-10 margin, then the Tigers clawed back with a 6-0 run as Kilby and Hostetter landed kills, Thornburg launched an ace and Warren County committed three consecutive attack errors to tie the score at 16-16.

The Wildcats got back on the winning side on a kill by Rutherford before Rowe took charge with four consecutive kills and Rutherford bashed an ace to gain a 22-16 lead.

The Wildcats closed out matters with Rowe's 10th kill, an exchange of service errors, and a set-winning ace by Fox.

In the third set, after Brentsville moved out to a 9-5 lead, the squads scratched and clawed through eight ties and three lead changes until matters stood at 17-17.

Cerretani then landed her third kill and Hutzell had her only kill of the match for the Wildcats' 22nd point, followed by a player foul and an attack error by Brentsville to give Warren County a 24-18 lead.

Another tall member of the Wildcats' squad, the 5-11 Troxell, then slammed the match-winning kill, her fifth on the night.

Thompson laced five aces for the match and contributed three kills, and Troxell provided five kills for the Wildcats.

Hostetter led Brentsville with five kills, followed by Thornburg and Ashley Polk with three each.

Warren County committed 19 attack errors, to 10 by Brentsville. The Tigers had seven service errors to nine for the Wildcats.

"To attack, you've got to pass well, and we do pass well," Wilde said. "Nicci [Hutzell] really passed well tonight and that allowed us to get some good attacks. And I played all the subs, so that was good. It was a good night."

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