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 and a chance for Woodgrove to test themselves against the very best.
Players and fans on both sides of the gym wore gold in honor of Alex’s Army and to help raise awareness for Childhood Cancers.
Chas Sumser Photography was there to capture the action and emotion and posted a gallery of images from the game.
The first set seemed to fly by as the home-standing Raiders retained a slight lead and then expanded the margin to win fairly easily, 25-17. There were few long rallies as most points ended with crushing hits from both teams.
The second set went even more quickly as the relentless Loudoun County attack met little resistance. The consistent, nearly error-free, play of the girls in navy and gold reinforced the consensus opinion of this team, and it resulted in a solid 25-14 set and a 2-0 lead for the match.
But give Woodgrove credit as they hung in there and played their best in the third set. The Wolverines clearly have potential to do well this season, and it looked like they had a chance to pull this one out, but they finally succumbed, 25-20, to complete the sweep.
The highlight of the evening occurred in the third set when Andersen Vaughan broke the Loudoun County High School career assist record. The Wolverines and fans from both schools applauded as the senior was given a game ball, which she promptly tossed to her father in the stands.
Final score: Loudoun County 3 - Woodgrove 0.
|Players who could be clearly identified by jersey number are listed in the links below. Additional photos of these and other players may be found by reviewing the full gallery.|
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