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Broad Run volleys to Cedar Run tournament title

The Broad Run High School volleyball team entered their AAA Cedar Run tournament championship match against Freedom with a vengeance.

After losing the final match of the regular season to the Eagles in South Riding Oct. 25, the Spartans had something to prove in front of their home crowd.

Not only did Broad Run redeem itself in the championship, adding the tournament trophy to its regular-season title, the Spartans dominated the Eagles in a three-set sweep.

The Spartans’ performance, which boasted scores of 25-9, 25-12, and 25-19, surprised even their coach.

“With these scores? I was shocked,” Broad Run coach Ellen Roberts said. “I’m not complaining, but I was shocked, yes.”

The Spartans jumped out to an early lead in the first set, building a 9-3 advantage after their first three possessions. A long possession, led by Kaitlin Maloney at the service line, extended the lead to 14-3.

The Eagles were unable to maintain possession for more than one serve and the score quickly rocketed up to 21-6. Freedom rallied for two consecutive points near the end, but a vicious Ashley Tupman spike concluded the game 25-9.

The second set looked very much like the first with Broad Run jumping to a quick 3-0 lead. Once again, the Eagles could not maintain possession and after some back-and-forth between the teams left the score at 5-3, the Spartans went on a long run to extend the lead by four.

Michaela Dalusung would lead the Spartans on another run, notching an ace en route to four more unanswered points. Repeated errors by the Eagles would lead to a deeper hole and an service error would close the door on the second set.

“We got caught up in the emotion of the night and we came out really flat,” Freedom coach Ken Kramer said. “When you’re away, and you lose momentum and lose that first set, it’s hard to recover.”

Freedom showed a glimmer of hope in set three, taking an early lead as the game went back-and-forth. Broad Run quickly regrouped, taking over to lead 16-8. But the Eagles fought back, notching three kills in four points and forcing repeated Spartan errors to pull even at 18-18.

But a 7-1 Spartan run closed the game out, with Taylor Austin notching the final service point of the match.

Rachel Hendricks of Broad Run produced a match-high nine kills, while teammate Heathir McIntyre added eight. Sam King made her presence at the net known with six blocks and Austin added 38 digs.

For the Eagles, Kaylynn Mayo delivered a team-high five kills and four blocks. Kayleigh Kennedy had 11 service points, while libero Andrea Phung notched 22 digs.

Both teams now move onto the AAA Northwest Region tournament. Broad Run earns a bye for the first round, while Freedom will host Halifax County.

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