Stonewall Jackson fought hard but came up short in a 3-2 (25-14, 12-25, 25-14, 22-25, 15-5) Bull Run District volleyball home loss to Madison County on Wednesday night.
The first set was close early on, but the Mountaineers (6-3, 6-3 Bull Run) scored 10 of the last 13 points to take the opening set.
The Generals (3-7, 3-7 Bull Run) took a quick 11-2 lead and held on to even the match at a set apiece. Stonewall Jackson junior Amelia Hess and sophomore Annika Dellinger had back-to-back kills to end the set.
In the third set, the Generals trailed early but were able to cut the deficit to 17-14. However, the Mountaineers won the final 8 points to take a 2-1 set lead.
The two teams went back and forth throughout the fourth set. With the score tied at 20, Stonewall Jackson senior Lilly Proctor gave the Generals a 21-20 lead with an ace. A kill by Madison County's Sarah Bevins tied it at 21.
Stonewall Jackson senior Kylene Franklin's kill gave the Generals a 22-21 edge. After a Stonewall Jackson error, the Generals won the last 3 points to force a fifth set. Senior Alexis Franklin had a kill during the final 3 points.
The Generals had 11 errors in the fifth set. The score was tied at 2, but Madison County won 4 straight points. The Generals were able to cut the lead to 7-4 on a Madison County but that's as close as they would get. The Mountaineers won the last 6 points of the final set, including two kills by Lizzie Burbridge and an ace by Morgan Cook.
Stonewall Jackson plays at Page County on Tuesday.
Warren County 3, Manassas Park 1
The Wildcats overcame a slow start and rallied for a 21-25, 25-17, 25-12, 25-16, Class 3 Northwestern District road win over the Cougars.
The Wildcats led early in the first set, but Manassas Park rallied to take a 20-18 lead. A kill by Warren County freshman Laney Schenher cut the lead to 20-19. However, back-to-back kills by Manassas Park's Jennifer Segovia and Wendolly Florian De Leon extended the lead to 22-19.
After back-to-back errors by Manassas Park trimmed the lead to 22-21, the Cougars won the final 3 points.
Warren County (5-5, 5-5 Class 3 Northwestern) broke open a close set in the second. A kill by Manassas Park's Nevaeh Maynes cut Warren County's lead to 14-13. The Wildcats won 11 of the final 15 points.
Warren County won 7 straight points, including two kills by sophomore Sara Waller and a kill each by sophomore Faryn Gorham and junior Abigail Dickerson and two aces by sophomore Jamie Kelly. Gorham added two more kills over the final 6 points of the set.
Warren County built a 15-8 lead in both the third and fourth sets and held on for the victory. Dickerson closed the match with two kills over the last five points, including match point.
Warren County hosts first-place and undefeated George Mason on Tuesday.
Luray 3, Strasburg 0
The Rams struggled from start to finish in a 25-14, 25-9, 25-10, Bull Run District home loss to the Bulldogs.
Strasburg trailed 21-9 in the first set before stringing a few points together. A kill by senior Madyson Judy cut the lead to 21-10. A Strasburg error and a kill by Luray's Brynlee Burrill made it 23-10.
The Rams (1-9, 1-9 Bull Run) won 4 consecutive points, including a kill by junior Kenley Smith and an ace by senior Bella Rhodes to cut the deficit to 23-14. Back-to-back kills by Luray's Averie Alger and Lindsay Bly ended the set.
Slow starts were once again costly for the Rams in the second and third sets. Strasburg trailed 12-3 in the second set. The Rams cut the lead to 12-5, but only scored 4 more points. The Bulldogs (6-3, 6-3 Bull Run) won the last 7 points of the set. The third set was tied at 5, but the Bulldogs won 20 of the next 25 points to seal the win.
Strasburg plays at Madison County on Tuesday.
For the second time this season, Central and William Monroe played a five-set thriller and for the second time, Central walked away victorious.
The Falcons topped the Dragons 3-2 (25-13, 15-25, 25-23, 24-26, 15-12) in a Class 3 Northwestern District home contest on Tuesday.
The two teams split the first two sets with Central controlling the first and William Monroe controlling the second.
The Dragons appeared in control in the third set, but the Falcons staged a big rally. William Monroe led 18-14, but the Falcons won 11 of the final 16 points. Freshmen Peyton DiNardo and Bailey Sheetz started the run for the Falcons with back-to-back kills.
The Dragons (7-4, 7-4 Class 3 Northwestern) held a 20-18 lead but two William Monroe errors tied things up at 20. The two teams traded points until Central won 3 points in a row to seal the set. Toothman had a kill and William Monroe made two errors to end the set.
William Monroe led much of the fourth set, including an 18-11 edge. However, the Falcons responded with a 10-3 spurt to tie the set at 21. An ace by junior Emily Funkhouser gave the Falcons a 22-21 lead, but the Dragons tied it with a kill by Ella Weaver. The two teams traded points and the Dragons took the lead for good at 24-23 on back-to-back kills by Weaver and Mae Hawkins.
DiNardo tied the set at 24 on a kill, but back-to-back kills by Savannah Meade and Hawkins gave the Dragons the set.
Central (8-1, 8-1 Class 3 Northwestern) built an early 7-4 lead in the fifth set, aided by three kills from DiNardo and an ace each from Funkhouser and Toothman. The Dragons rallied with 4 straight points, including two aces by Alexis Clark.
The Dragons held a 10-9 lead, but Central used one last momentum swing to take the victory. The Falcons scored 6 of the last 8 points, including a kill by Funkhouser and a block by Toothman, to take the victory.
The Falcons were led by Toothman and DiNardo with 11 kills each. Sheetz had 10 kills and Funkhouser had seven. Erika Hutton had 37 assists and 18 digs and Katie Funk had 19 digs and Haven Stevens added 18 digs for the Falcons.
Central hosts Brentsville on April 7.
Sophomore Ava Bordner helped Skyline’s girls squad win a tri-meet with Page County and host Luray.
The Hawks finished with 29 points, Luray with 38 and Page County 53. Bordner won the race in a time of 21:36. Other top finishers for Skyline were Sophie Jensen (third, 24:44), Megan Arp (sixth, 26:06), Kaitlyn Antonelli (eighth, 27:52) and Bella Meadows (11th, 29:50).
Skyline’s boys team finished third with 60 points. Luray won the boys meet with 25, followed by Page County with 45. Skyline’s top boys finishers were Bronson Breen (fifth, 20:05), Ben Arp (10th, 21:23), Ronny Harpold (13th, 21:42), Dalton Siers (16th, 23:08) and Ricky Holmes (18th, 23:51).
Sherando’s girls won a tri-meet with host Handley and Millbrook led by a balanced running attack.
The Warriors finished with 17 points, while Handley had 38. Millbrook did not have enough runners to qualify for a team score.
Sherando had five of the top six runners. Eva Winston (second, 22:16.0), Emma Ahrens (third, 22:18.7), Molly Robinson (fourth, 22:33.7), Ryleigh Combs (fifth, 24:32.2), Mary Toomey (eighth, 26:39.7), Addy Wallin (12th, 27:20.6) and Becca Stout (14th, 27:41.7) led the Warriors.
Sherando finished third in the boys meet with 49 points. Millbrook won with 34 points and Handley was second with 37. The Warriors were led by James Harris (second, 18:22.1), Dylan McGraw (eighth, 20:38.0), Ben Freilich (11th, 21:25.5), Connor Sanders (13th, 21:29.8), Camden Palmer (15th, 21:32.7) and Eric Sheetz (18th, 23:01.6).