The Loudoun County High School volleyball team proved they are still the team to beat Sept. 27, sweeping host Potomac Falls 25-15, 25-11 and 25-10 to remain atop the AA Dulles District.
Potomac Falls entered the match second in the district, having lost just once to Loudoun County in the opening match of the season. But the Raiders, having dropped just one set this season, were not intimidated.
“They came through tonight not only playing with confidence but excelling in what they were weak at,” Raider coach Jenica Brown said.
Loudoun County - winners of 48 consecutive district matches - started Thursday’s match with intensity, going on a 6-0 run before the Panthers could get on the board. While Potomac Falls had some success matching County scores, the Panthers were only able to score consecutive points once throughout the first set.
County proved to be even more dominant as the match continued. The Panthers began set two with a service error, and though they forced a County error on the second point, the Raiders recovered with a four-point run. County went on two five-point runs during the set and continued to force Panther errors to capture a two-set lead.
“Their ability and their consistently took us out of playing our game,” Potomac Falls Linda Lachey-Helms said of the Raiders. “It wasn’t like we didn’t play our game, we were taken out of playing our game.”
Loudoun County started the third set with yet another long run, scoring seven points right off the bat, including a Jane Fedderson ace and a ferocious Taylor Huewe kill. Senior Kayla Carlton finally was able to respond for the Panthers with a kill.
But the Raiders quickly returned to the offensive as Huewe and teammate Maggie Phillips sent ferocious spikes over the net. The third set would prove to be the most successful for County, who held the Panthers to just 10 points.
Megan Fox proved to be the playmaker for the Raiders, tallying 33 assists, four aces, nine service points and three digs throughout the match. Huewe contributed all around, with 17 kills, eight digs, four service points, one block and one ace. Kelsey Slack and Fedderson combined for 24 service points.
Carlton led the Panthers in kills with nine, while adding 15 digs. Eileen Fauteux added 11 digs, 13 assists and two kills.
Both teams now prepare to take on AAA squads in their next matches Oct. 1. Potomac Falls (10-2) travels to Langley, while the Raiders (10-0) host the unbeaten Stone Bridge Bulldogs.
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