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 the Rock Ridge Phoenix (5-1), sporting their first senior class.

Chas Sumser Photography was there to capture the action and emotion and posted this gallery from the match.

© Chas Sumser 2016

Ayanna Moore (1) goes up to block Megan Grimes (15)

Loudoun County is seemingly always at the top of the standings, but a high ranking and high expectations were firsts for the visitors. You could say that the Raiders got off to a slow start, but it might be more accurate to say that the Phoenix got off to a fast one. The girls in gray were hot and posted a dominating performance in the first set taking the surprised Loudoun County team 25-17 in the first set.

The question was, could Rock Ridge sustain the momentum?

Volleyball is a sport of streaks, and wisely used breaks can completely change the flow of a match. Loudoun County's head coach Sherrilyn Hanna surely knew that as she gathered her team together before the second set began. Whatever she said, well, it worked.

A quick three-point run to open the second set was the first indication that the Raiders had their mojo back, and they proceeded to win that one easily, 25-9.

In quick succession, the third and fourth sets pretty much followed the same pattern. Rock Ridge gave a valiant effort, but never truly threatened again. Loudoun County simultaneously won the final two sets (25-13 and 25-15) and the match (3-1), demonstrated their well-earned position, and reinforced their ongoing legacy as the team to beat.

chas_0033-1600Click HERE to view additional galleries by Chas Sumser. Contact chas@sumserphotography.com if you have a story or event in need of photographic coverage.

No Comments Yet.

Leave a comment