Category Archives: Volleyball

08.30.18 Volleyball: Stone Bridge @ Loudoun County

Leesburg, VA (August 30, 2018) – Early in a season, it's hard to tell which teams are ready for competing at the top level. Even so, it was pretty evident that the visiting Stone Bridge Bulldogs--on the strength of three straight sweeps--and the Loudoun County Raiders--on a similar two-match streak--might be two of them. Chas Sumser…
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08.27.18 Volleyball: Millbrook @ Rock Ridge

Ashburn, VA (August 27, 2018) – Early in a new season, most teams want to play against a lesser opponent so they can build some momentum for the games ahead. Up against Millbrook, a VHSL 4A semi-finalist a year ago, this was probably not going to be one of those opponents for Rock Ridge. Chas Sumser…
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2017.10.17 Volleyball: Woodgrove @ Heritage

Leesburg, VA (October 17, 2017) – In the midst of a breakout season, at 14-2, the Heritage Pride began a four-game home stand to cap off an outstanding campaign. Tonight's opponent, the Woodgrove Wolverines, were solidly positioned, too. Their 12-6 record had them firmly in the top half of all Loudoun County high schools while fighting…
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2017.09.13 Volleyball: Stone Bridge @ Rock Ridge

Ashburn, VA (September 13, 2017) – Riding a three-game winning streak, the Rock Ridge Phoenix came out hot against visiting Stone Bridge. The Bulldogs were on a streak of their own--seven games, to be exact--but the home team managed to win the first set, 25-19. It took nearly perfect execution and a flawless substitution strategy, but…
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2017.09.07 Volleyball: Woodgrove @ Loudoun County

Ashburn, VA (September 7, 2017) – Heading into this match a lot of good things were happening: the Loudoun County Raiders were number one in the Washington Post top ten and undefeated, and the Woodgrove Wolverines were also undefeated. Tonight, then, would be an opportunity for Loudoun County to prove that their elite ranking was legitimate…
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2017.09.05 Volleyball: Riverside @ Rock Ridge

Ashburn, VA (September 5, 2017) – Entering this match, the Riverside Rams and the host Rock Ridge Phoenix were both still working to find their identities. The Rams were 2-3 and the Phoenix was 1-2. The winning team would get back to even in the standings and would earn a fresh start heading into the heart…
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2017.08.22 Volleyball: Tuscarora @ Loudoun County

Leesburg, VA (August 22, 2017) – Lots of new faces populated both sides of the net as the 2017 Volleyball season opened with a marquee matchup between two 2016 powerhouses. In the first official match for both teams, the Loudoun County Raiders hosted the Tuscarora Huskies. The visitors came out battling, and took a well-earned set…
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2016.11.15 Volleyball: Courtland @ Loudoun County, 4A State Semifinal

Leesburg, VA (November 15, 2016) – On their way to the 4A West regional championship the Loudoun County Raiders had faced little resistance. After Millbrook, who took two games in the quarterfinal, the Raiders had not lost a single set. Surely, this state semi-final matchup with the Courtland Cougars would be different. Chas Sumser Photography was…
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2016.11.12 Volleyball: Briar Woods @ Tuscarora, 5A North Final

Leesburg, VA (November 12, 2016) – During the volleyball regular season, the Briar Woods Falcons had the upper hand, winning twice over the Tuscarora Huskies in four sets each time. But the tables were turned in the first round of the Conference 14 tournament, as Tuscarora won, 3-0, igniting a run all the way to the…
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2016.10.11 Volleyball: Massaponax @ Tuscarora, 5A North Semifinal

Leesburg, VA (November 10, 2016) – Another first for Tuscarora volleyball as the Huskies hosted the Massaponax Panthers in the 5A North regional semi-finals. The winner would not only get to play in the region final, but they would earn an automatic bid to the state tournament. Both would be firsts again for the girls from…
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2016.11.09 Volleyball: Albemarle @ Tuscarora, 5A North Quarterfinal

Leesburg, VA (November 9, 2016) – The Tuscarora Huskies had been in regional playoffs in many other sports, but this was the first time ever for volleyball. That might explain why the team looked nervous, tentative, and tight in the first set. Their opponent, the Albemarle Patriots, was just the opposite. They stormed on to…
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2016.11.03 Volleyball: Potomac Falls @ Tuscarora, Conf. 14 Final

Leesburg, VA (November 3, 2016) – The gym was surprisingly empty when the Conference 14 volleyball championship began. Only a hearty band from the JV team huddled together on the Potomac Falls side and a bigger (but not big) and rowdy group of students and parents partially filled the home bleachers of Tusacrora. Perhaps the initially low turnout was because…
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2016.09.29 Volleyball: Tuscarora @ Broad Run

Ashburn, VA (September 29, 2016) – The tightly packed race in Conference 14 volleyball had Broad Run slightly ahead of Tuscarora in league play. The Huskies sported a better overall record, but their two conferences losses and record of 2-1 put them behind the Spartans who were 1-1 in conference as the match began. There is still a…
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2016.09.20 Volleyball: Rock Ridge @ Loudoun County

Leesburg, VA (September 20, 2016) – Established as a "gold out" by the Loudoun County High School student body in honor of victims of and those suffering from childhood cancers, this match was also a showdown of top teams in Conference 21B. Entering the match, the perennial champion Raiders (6-1) were looking at a tough test from…
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2016.09.13 Volleyball: Handley @ Tuscarora

Leesburg, VA (September 13, 2016) – In response to a question about how the team was doing, the Tuscarora mom at the ticket table said that they were doing well, but she was unsure about tonight because several of the Huskies' key players were out sick. Was her daughter, the team's setter, one of them? No, she was…
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2016.09.10 Volleyball: Phoenix Tournament

Ashburn, VA (September 10, 2016) – It was blistering hot outside, but inside it was nice and cool. Perfect for an early season volleyball tournament hosted by Rock Ridge High School. Two Loudoun teams were entered, and each was in a different bracket. Stone Bridge, the seasoned champion and the Phoenix, a rapidly maturing program, were…
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2016.07.14 Special: Best of 2015-16 High School Sports

Ashburn, VA (July 14, 2016) – It's been a true privilege to photograph high school sports in Loudoun County for the last four years. I've witnessed breathtaking moments, heartbreaking disappointments, thrilling victories, and stunning upsets. I've seen great team victories and brilliant individual championships. I've sat in a field bundled up waiting for cross country racers to…
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