Flint Hill capped its comeback campaign with a 24-26, 25-6, 25-15, 18-25, 15-12 victory over Liberty Christian Academy in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division I championship Saturday in Richmond.
Sophomore Ally Ford led the way with 14 kills, junior Erica Narel added 12 and sophomore libero Gracie Anderson had 15 digs and five aces for the Huskies, who repeated the feat they completed in 2009 and 2010 by capturing the ISL title, the City Championship and a state championship. Flint Hill has now won four state titles in five years.
After posting a 19-16 record while integrating a slew of fresh faces into the lineup last fall, Flint Hill bounced back with its third 30-win season in four years. In Saturday’s final, the Huskies (30-2) played six sophomores, one freshman, one junior and only one senior.
“The future looks bright at Flint Hill,” Coach Carrol Anderson said.
Middle hitters Libby Haslett and Shannon Williams led the offense with 14 kills apiece, senior outside hitter Ryan Ackermann added 12 kills and 15 digs, Sarah Fairchild had 21 digs and Cydney Gill provided 40 assists to help Stone Bridge fend off its Liberty District foe. Fairchild was The Saxons dealt the Bulldogs their first loss of the season in a five-set win on Oct. 25. Langley went on to win the Liberty District tournament and had won 18 of 19 before Satutday’s defeat.
With the win, Stone Bridge (26-2) will host Northwest Region runner-up Albemarle in Tuesday’s semifinals. The Saxons (24-5) will travel to Roanoke to take on Northwest champion Patrick Henry. The Patriots dealt Albemarle its first loss of the season with a thrilling five-set victory Saturday, 26-24, 19-25, 19-25, 28-26, 15-13.
Maggie Phillips led the way with 11 kills, 15 digs and four aces, Dulles District player of the year Taylor Huewe added 15 kills, Megan Fox chipped in 38 assists and Kelsey Slack had 25 digs as Loudoun County won its 65th consecutive match against Region II teams.
The Raiders (25-1), who saw their string of four consecutive state titles snapped last November, will host New Kent in a AA quarterfinal on Tuesday.