“This one was absolutely special because of the relationships we built all year,” said Phillips, who will play for Navy next year. “We were working so hard for this all season and to finish on top without a loss is simply amazing.”
Phillips moved into a leadership role for the first time in her career this season, and she quickly became the rock for the 17 girls who stepped on the court with her. She called the team she led the best she’d played on based on talent and chemistry.
When the Raiders arrived at practice in August, one of their biggest goals was to finish undefeated — a feat accomplished by their 2007 state title team, the first to bring a state title back to the Leesburg school.
Loudoun County was 13-0 entering the Tournament of Champions in Roanoke where it faced perennial Virginia powers Flint Hill (ISL, City and VISAA champion), Atlee (Virginia 5A champion), Kellam, Cox and Colonial Forge. The Raiders swept all five opponents.
Once they arrived in Richmond the Raiders continued their balanced play to handily defeat opponents. In a sweep over Grafton, eight different girls posted kills, and in the Virginia 4A final win over Jamestown, seven girls registered kills as the Raiders won their 49th straight match dating back to 2012.
For the five standout seniors, Saturday night’s victory provided a fitting conclusion to a four-year run of dominance.
“I will miss the girls and I will miss my coach,” Phillips said. “Coach Jenica (Brown) is often times said to just have great players which makes her job easier. That’s the furthest thing from the truth. She took 18 girls and made them all get on same page. She’s not just a volleyball coach, she’s a life coach.”
The Post Top 10
Flint Hill ended its season on a 14-match winning streak en route to ISL AA, City and VISAA championships. . . . Damascus (Maryland 3A) and Langley (Virginia 6A) each won their school’s first state title with straight-set victories in their respective championship matches.. . . . Stone Bridge junior Shannon Williams finished second in the area with 371 kills, while teammate Sarah Fairchild finished second in the area with 547 digs. . . . Patuxent makes its debut in the rankings after knocking off then-unbeaten Poolesville in the Maryland 2A title match.
1. Loudoun County (31-0) LW: 1
2. Flint Hill (33-3) LW: 2
3. Langley (26-3) LW: 5
4. Holy Cross (25-2) LW: 4
5. Stone Bridge (26-3) LW: 3
6. Damascus (17-2) LW: NR
7. Patuxent (16-3) LW: NR
8. Howard (15-2) LW: 8
9. Severna Park (17-3) LW: NR
10. Forest Park (24-5) LW: NR
Also considered: Madison (29-3), Glenelg (14-3), Poolesville (18-1)