|The Loudoun County Raiders are garnering national accolades following their undefeated 2013 season.—Times-Mirror Photo/Jeff Scudder|
-Here's a look at the Raiders' magical eight-year run:
2013: 31-0, state champions
2012: 28-1, state champions
2011: 26-2, state semifinalists
2010: 28-1, state champions
2009: 27-3, state champions
2008: 28-1, state champions
2007: 28-0, state champions
2006: 26-3, state finalists
The MaxPreps Tour of Champions will make a stop at Loudoun County High School on Jan. 16 to present the Raiders' volleyball team with the Army National Guard national ranking trophy.
It is a fitting honor for a program that has been the state's most dominant during the last eight seasons. The Raiders produced a 31-0 record during the 2013 season, culminating with their sixth Virginia High School League state championship.
"Time, energy, heart, never-give-up attitude, from the players, from coaches, from parents," Loudoun County coach Jenica Brown answered when asked what went into the building of the program after her team's most recent state championship.
"When you think of where the program was just 10 years ago to where it is now ... I remember that we were so excited my first year to win a first round district tournament game," said Ken Wright, the Raiders' athletic director since 2004.
"Now, we are coming off a stretch of eight years where we were 222-11 with six state titles," Wright continued. "I am not sure there has been a run like this in Loudoun County Public Schools history. I just hope it continues, as it is a lot of fun."
Five members of the Raiders' 2013 team - seniors Maggie Phillips (U.S. Naval Academy), Jane Feddersen (Virginia Commonwealth), Mandy Powers (UNC-Asheville) and Kelsey Anderson (Shepherd), along with sophomore Taylor Borup (UNC-Chapel Hill) - have committed to play at the next level.
This year's senior class has amassed a 113-4 record to go with three state titles and four region championships. The group has a cumulative 3.90 GPA.
"The great thing about the program is the quality of kids that have come out of it and are still a part of it," Wright noted. "They are incredible players, but even better people."
Wright also lauded Brown and her staff that includes her brother Jarod Brown as her top assistant.
"Someone once said that big things are accomplished by making sure every little thing is done correct. That is Jenica’s coaching style," he said. "Her attention to detail is unreal."
Loudoun County is one of 10 volleyball programs nationwide that will be honored. The presentation will take place during a Raider Rally in the school gymnasium, Jan. 16 at 3:15 p.m.
“It is incredible to be recognized nationally by MaxPreps and the National Guard," Jarod Brown said. "We have come to understand that we are one of the better volleyball schools in Virginia, but it is difficult to compare our program to the programs in big powerhouse states like Texas and California. To be put in the same sentence as these schools is very humbling.”
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