Riding the wave of a 21-0 start to the season, Madison was full of confidence and felt it could knock down the opposition each and every time it took the court. But back-to-back losses late last month forced the No. 9 Warhawks to reevaluate themselves.
Madison got its edge back with a late-season run and in Thursday’s Virginia 6A Conference 6 final played with the edge it displayed early this fall. The Warhawks started strong and never looked back, defeating Yorktown (20-8) in straight sets, 25-19, 25-16, 24-14.
Sophomore outside hitter Jaynie Carter was consistently at the net for the Warhawks, and her play earned her first-team all-tournament honors.
“We knew we had to work harder, and we realized that we weren’t unbeatable,” said Carter, who posted a team-high eight kills. “We have to play our game and do our best whenever we step on the floor. We needed to step up our game after those losses.”
Yorktown had the gym buzzing after it beat No. 5 Langley on Tuesday on the road. Madison junior outside hitter Marissa Roy (five kills) was admittedly nervous heading into the final against the upset-minded Patriots.
“Langley beat us earlier in the year, so we were definitely on our toes,” Roy said. “We were ready.”
The Warhawks won an unforced error-riddled first set 25-19 after jumping out to a 12-4 lead. Madison trailed for the first time in the second but regained a 17-15 lead, and with junior Erin Marcus serving, the Warhawks won eight of the final nine points of the set. Ahead 14-11 in the final set, Madison went on an 11-3 run to put Yorktown away.
Junior Stephanie Satterlee (seven kills) delivered the match-sealing block.
“It felt amazing. It was just incredible,” Satterlee said. “I was down and I was thinking I hope I really get this block. All the directions that my coaches ever told me were running through my head. I saw her hitting across, and my coach told me to block that, so I did it.”
Elsewhere in Virginia 6A, South County defeated W.T. Woodson in four sets in the Conference 7 final and Chantilly outlasted Robinson in five sets to claim the Conference 5 title. . . . No. 3 Stone Bridge swept Broad Run in the 5A Conference 14 final, and Jefferson dispatched Mount Vernon in straight sets for the 5A Conference 13 crown. Tuscarora swept Briar Woods in the Conference 14 consolation match to earn a 5A region tournament berth. . . Top-ranked Loudoun County breezed past James Wood for the 4A Conference 21 title, and Loudoun Valley swept William Monroe in the 3A Conference 18 final.