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Potomac Elite 17 volleyball team.—Courtesy Photo

Potomac Elite strikes gold on volleyball court

The Potomac Elite 17 team outlasted 11 other teams to strike gold at the MLK Challenge volleyball tournament, contested Jan. 14-15 in Jessup, Md. Potomac Elite's roster includes Woodgrove High School students Meghen Cleary and Mable Henry.

WLVBC holds Certapalooza Day

Western Loudoun Volleyball Club recently kicked off their club season with Certapalooza Day at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville. The day included six teams, 70 players, 12 coaches and eight hours of volleyball to ensure players had the necessary certifications for the season.

Hailey Rubino is taking her volleyball skills to the University of New Mexico.—Courtesy Photo

Loudoun County’s Rubino to play volleyball at New Mexico

Loudoun County High School senior Hailey Rubino recently signed her national letter of intent to attend and play NCAA Division I volleyball at the University of New Mexico. Rubino, an outside hitter, earned Virginia High School League Group 4A All-State Player of the Year honors in 2016 after helping the Raiders win the Virginia 4A state championship.

Logan Manusky and Maria Gonzalez are joined by family, teammates and coaches at their signing ceremony.—Courtesy Photo

Briar Woods pair to play collegiate volleyball

Briar Woods High School recently held a signing ceremony for a pair of student-athletes who will continue their volleyball careers in college. Logan Manusky will play NCAA Division I volleyball at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. Maria Gonzalez will take her volleyball skills to The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

VHSL Group 5A All-State volleyball team selections

Potomac Falls senior Kylie Thomas, Stone Bridge senior Ryley Gill and Tuscarora senior Vanessa Marinelli each earned first-team recognition on the 2016 Virginia High School League Group 5A All-State volleyball team.

Group 4A All-State volleyball team selections

Loudoun County High School senior Hailey Rubino has been selected as the Player of the Year on the 2016 Group 4A All-State volleyball team. Sherrilyn Hanna is the Coach of the Year after guiding the Raiders to a fifth consecutive state title.

Loudoun County High School volleyball players, coaches and managers are all smiles after the Raiders won their fifth consecutive state title.—Times-Mirror/Patrick Kane

Loudoun County Raiders net VHSL record ninth state volleyball title

It doesn't matter how many state championships the Loudoun County Raiders volleyball team wins. It never gets old. In the Group 4A title tilt Nov. 19, the Raiders (28-2) spotted the Jamestown Eagles (26-2) the opening set, then outscored them 75-59 to cruise to the program's fifth consecutive Virginia High School League championship and ninth in the past 10 years.

Middleburg Academy won the VISAA Division II state volleyball title for a second straight year.—Courtesy Photo

Middleburg Academy repeats as VISAA state volleyball champions

Middleburg Academy defeated Nansemond-Suffolk Academy in four sets, 25-12, 25-19, 25-27, 25-23, to repeat as Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division II state volleyball champions.

Briar Woods senior Logan Manusky slammed six kills in the Virginia 5A state final.—Times-Mirror/Patrick Kane

Briar Woods finally falls in 5A state final

In the Virginia High School League's Group 5A volleyball championship, held Nov. 19 at the Siegel Center in Richmond, the Briar Woods Falcons went down in straight sets to a Princess Anne team with the firepower to claim its first state title in the sport. The Falcons (23-3) were denied a second state tourney trophy to accompany the one they won in 2014, when they defeated Princess Anne in a five-set come-from-behind thriller.

The Loudoun County Raiders rejoice after earning the VHSL Group 4A state volleyball championship trophy.—Times-Mirror/Patrick Kane

Volleyball: VHSL state tournament scoreboard

Loudoun County High School defeated Jamestown in four sets, 17-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-17, to win the Virginia 4A state volleyball championship Saturday at the Siegel Center in Richmond. The Raiders have now won a VHSL record five consecutive state titles and nine in the last 10 seasons.

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