The Briar Woods Falcons overcame a two-set deficit against Princess Anne to win a five-set thriller Nov. 22 in the Virginia High School League Group 5A state volleyball championship. The Loudoun County Raiders swept James Wood in the VHSL 4A state final to continue their court dominance.
Both matches were contested at the Siegel Center, on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Briar Woods won its first-ever state volleyball championship, while Loudoun County claimed its seventh state crown in the past eight seasons.
-Check back for more photos and stories from both championship matches.
VHSL state volleyball tournament
Finals, Nov. 22
|Briar Woods High School players and coaches rejoice after the Falcons capped a big comeback with a 16-14 win in the fifth set of the VHSL 5A state volleyball championship match against Princess Anne.--Times-Mirror/Chuck Moore|
Loudoun County 3, James Wood 0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-13)
Briar Woods 3, Princess Anne 2 (18-25, 22-25, 25-15, 25-19, 16-14)
Semifinals, Nov. 18
Loudoun County 3, Jamestown 0 (25-15, 30-28, 25-18)
James Wood 3, Grafton 0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-15)
Briar Woods 3, Lee-Davis 1 (25-15, 24-26, 25-19, 25-17)
Princess Anne 3, Stone Bridge 0 (25-20, 25-21, 25-21)