Leesburg, VA (November 14, 2017) – With a trip to the 5A State final on the line, the Wolverines from North Stafford ventured into the tundra, the home court of the Tuscarora Huskies.
The visitors travelled well with a fairly full set of bleachers and a vocal student section in tow. They had every right to feel confident. At this level, for that matter, both teams were right where they deserved to be.
As the home stands began to fill the level of excitement only increased. Joining the Tuscarora student section were members of the football team, in the hunt for a long playoff run of their own.
Chas Sumser Photography was at Tuscarora to capture the championship action and emotion and posted a gallery of 119 images from the game.
The first set established the tone for the whole match. Although Tuscarora got out to a solid early lead, North Stafford fought back and it became anyone's set to win. Tuscarora pulled it out narrowly, 26-24, to take a 1-0 set lead.
But the Wolverines roared back in the second set. Not wanting to let up, the set was just as taut as the first. Both teams played virtually mistake free, but North Stafford had the final say taking the set 32-30.
The third set was the easiest one of the night for either team. For the first time in the match, the Wolverines seemed out of sync, and the home team won going away, 25-15.
Just when you thought Tuscarora was on their way to the championship, North Stafford said, "not so fast." Showing the resilience that got them to this point, the Wolverines won 25-21 and set up the final decisive set.
The whole match had been so close, and you expected more of the same in the fifth set, but that didn't quite happen. Tuscarora got out to a fast start and never looked back winning easily, 15-6, and advancing to the final where they will face Princess Anne.
Final score: Tuscarora 3 - North Stafford 2.
|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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