Youthful Warriors still trying to come together as a team
Sherando’s volleyball team had an up-and-down week.
The Warriors had a solid four-set victory over Brentsville on Tuesday, but then were swept by Millbrook on Thursday.
Sherando (2-3) only has three seniors, and coach James Minney said his team needs to play together better and come together as a team.
“They just didn’t play well together — that’s the biggest thing,” Minney said after the team’s win over Brentsville. “We’ve been at it long enough that they should’ve played better together. We played well in spots. We played well individually. We just didn’t play well together.”
In the victory on Tuesday, senior hitter Rachel Burton had 11 kills and senior hitter Liz Dolsen had eight kills, one block and five aces.
Sherando libero Kaylee Bryant is out due to injury and Minney said that definitely has an effect on Sherando’s defense. Sherando junior Allison Selznick took Bryant’s spot at libero on Tuesday.
“We have good defensive players, but that’s just a whole position to itself,” Minney said. “The other two defensive players don’t play back row middle and that’s different for them. It’s different when you’re used to playing cross court and now you’re playing middle the whole time.”
The Warriors have only one match next week against Warren County. The two squads have not played each other in a number of years.
The Wildcats (4-2) picked up two wins this week. They knocked off Rappahannock County for the second time this season on Tuesday.
Warren County beat Rappahanock County, 25-23, 25-13, 25-20. Junior hitter Kaley Foulks had 22 kills in the victory, while Britney Carter had seven kills and Morgan Coons had 38 assists. Chalsea Ruffner added 17 digs
The Wildcats followed that up with a convincing sweep of Clarke County, 25-16, 25-13, 25-10. Foulks had 21 kills to lead the Wildcats. Carter had 12 kills and Coons had 41 assists. Ruffner had 20 digs.
Warren County has won four of its last five matches, after being swept by Millbrook to start the season.
All four of Warren County’s victories have been sweeps, as have its two losses.
Warren County plays at Sherando next Tuesday and at James Wood next Thursday. Both are Northwestern District contests.
The Hawks (4-2) finished their week on a high note with a five-set win over Strasburg on Thursday.
Skyline has won two of its last three matches.
The Hawks lost 25-15, 25-12, 25-15 to Handley on Tuesday.
Skyline has two more games next week, both are non-district matches. Skyline is 0-2 in the Northwestern District.
The Hawks are at Clarke County on Tuesday. The Hawks swept the Eagles earlier this season.
Next Thursday the Hawks host Eastern View, whom they also swept earlier in the season.
The Rams went 1-1 this week. They started off with a 23-25, 25-21, 25-14, 25-6 win over Shenandoah County rival Stonewall Jackson on Wednesday.
Strasburg (3-2) suffered a tough five-set loss to Skyline.
Both contests were non-district matches. Strasburg has two more non-district matches next week.
The Rams are at Page County next Monday. Strasburg beat the Panthers in four sets earlier this season.
Next Thursday the Rams play at Moorefield, West Virginia. It is the first meeting of the season for the two teams.
The Falcons had two tough losses this week.
Central (0-7) fell to Spotswood, 25-7, 25-14, 25-14 on Tuesday.
The Falcons lost 25-18, 20-25, 25-18, 25-21, to Eastern Mennonite High School on Thursday.
Central is still looking for its first win and will try to turn things around next Monday when the Falcons host East Rockingham. Central lost in three sets to the Eagles earlier this year.
The Generals (0-6) had a busy week this week, but are still searching for a victory.
On Tuesday, the Generals fell to Robert E. Lee, 25-10, 25-15, 25-5.
One night later they lost a four-setter to county rival Strasburg.
The Generals’ week came to an end with a 25-20, 25-15, 25-13 loss to Riverheads in a Shenandoah District match.
Stonewall Jackson has two more key Shenandoah District contests next week.
Next Tuesday, the Generals host rival Page County. Next Thursday, Stonewall Jackson plays at Stuarts Draft.