Wildcats capture first-ever regional volleyball title
FRONT ROYAL — Warren County picked the right time to play its best volleyball of the season.
The Wildcats were on top of their game from start to finish Tuesday night as they defeated Manassas Park, 3-0 (25-9, 25-15, 25-14), in the Region 3B tournament final. It was Warren County’s first-ever regional title in volleyball.
“I think it’s a big accomplishment, especially for my senior year,” Warren County hitter Britney Carter said. “I couldn’t be happier with how our team played tonight. We were great all the way around. We had great hits. Every hitter was hitting on point. Our passes were perfect. I couldn’t ask for anything better.”
Since Warren County didn’t have school Tuesday, Warren County coach Dorinda Robinson had her team hang out together all day to stay in a normal routine. The team had lunch together, and did community service at Lynn Care Center in Front Royal. They then came back to the school and warmed up for a little longer than usual and it seemed to work perfectly.
“That’s how they want to be, they want to be together,” Robinson said. “It’s that bond that they have, that’s unbreakable right now.”
Warren County junior hitter Kaley Foulks said that she knew even in warm-ups the team was going to have a good night. Foulks said she could tell that setter Morgan Coons was going to have a good night and the offense was going to click.
“I knew she was going to be able to put the ball right where I needed it,” Foulks said. “Our passes were good tonight and Morgan’s (Coons) passes were just right on. Our offense was the best I’ve seen it all season.”
The Wildcats started off fast in all three sets and didn’t look back.
Warren County (19-4) won both of its two matches with Manassas Park (16-8) during the regular season in Northwestern District play. The Wildcats swept the first meeting, and won in five sets the second time.
The Wildcats’ hitters mixed things up against Manassas Park throughout the match. They were able to find holes in the Cougars’ defense and at times tipped the ball to the open spot.
“(I found) the one spot that would work and every time I just kept going there,” Foulks said. “And then I’d mix it up, I’d power hit. Mixing it up so they wouldn’t know where I was going to go.”
Foulks had 21 kills to lead the Wildcats. Carter had seven kills, and Lauren Fox had five kills for Warren County.
Foulks said the goal all season was to hang some banners on the school wall. Two weeks ago they won the Northwestern District, Class 3 title, and now they have their first regional banner to hang on the wall.
“It feels amazing,” Foulks said. “That’s what we’ve been working towards all year. I never thought it would happen when I was in high school here. This team, we get along so well. And I really think our team work is what’s gotten us here. And it’s just amazing to be regional champ — it’s awesome.”
Both Warren County and Manassas Park will play in the Class 3 state tournament, starting on Saturday. The Wildcats will host Park View (South Hill), while Manassas Park travels to face Southampton in the state quarterfinals.
Warren County has won 15 straight matches, and 13 of those have been in three-set sweeps. Robinson, who said that Tuesday was the best the team has played all year, said she feels confident about what the team can do in the state tournament.
“I feel that we’ve got the potential to go as far as the girls want to go,” Robinson said. “We got hitters. We got passers. We got servers. We got everything. We can do it.”