Volleyball: Sherwood caps third straight unbeaten season with another No. 1 finish


Alex Holston and Sherwood remained a cut above the rest of the area’s volleyball teams for the second straight season. (Toni L. Sandys/THE WASHINGTON POST)
November 28, 2012

Sherwood held onto the Post’s No. 1 ranking from wire to wire this fall to finish as the top team in the area for the second straight year. The Warriors, led by reigning All-Met player of the year Alex Holston, won their third consecutive Maryland 4A state championship and went undefeated for the third straight year, extending their three-year winning streak to 57 matches.

The Warriors (19-0) clinched their third title in as many years against a familiar opponent, sweeping Arundel in the championship match for the second year in a row. Holston, a senior who has committed to play at Florida next year, was dominant in the state tournament, putting down a total of 67 kills in the semifinal and championship matches. Holston’s 42 kills against Montgomery County rival Walter Johnson in the semifinal set a new state record for kills in the state tournament.

“I thought we’d be good, but nothing like that. I don’t think anybody every thinks or predicts that,” Sherwood Coach Brian McCarty said of his team’s three-year run. “We’re really lucky to have great girls to come through the program. I think it says a lot for our JV program, and when they come into varsity to have such leaders like Alex and Maddie and Dominique [Parker] and some of the older girls, to pass on what hopefully will be like a Sherwood way and a Sherwood style of volleyball. It’s not about a certain play we run. It’s about the unselfishness of the team and the attitude and the tone they set every time they come into the gym.”

Senior setter Maddie Moyer finished her Sherwood career with 2,223 assists, setting a new Montgomery County record.

Loudoun County continued its dominance in the Virginia AA ranks by storming back from a two-sets-to-one deficit in the state final to edge Hidden Valley in a five-set thriller and claim the Raiders’ fifth championship in six seasons.


Loudoun County rallied to beat Hidden Valley and win its fifth Virginia AA title in six years. (Brandon Parker/THE WASHINGTON POST)

Led by an imposing front line that included co-Dulles District player of the year Taylor Huewe (353 kills) and Region II player of the year Maggie Phillips (274 kills, 257 digs), the Raiders (28-1) reeled off 18 straight wins to end the season. Loudoun County is 187-10 over the last six seasons.

Flint Hill spent 2011 reloading after a slew of graduations, and the 2012 Huskies returned to its place among the area’s elite programs.

Despite a roster that included seven sophomores, the young Huskies (30-2) surged through an unbeaten November that included the school’s third City Championship and Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association title in four seasons.

The Post Top 10

Sherwood won its third straight Maryland 4A state championship and finished 19-0 for the third consecutive season....Loudoun County finished the season with 18 straight wins including the Raiders' fifth Virginia AA title in six seasons....Flint Hill capped its comeback campaign by sweeping the ISL, City and VISAA championships.


Flint Hill won its third City Championship in four years and added another VISAA title. (Richard A. Lipski/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

1. Sherwood (19-0) LW: 1

2. Loudoun County (28-1) LW: 3

3. Flint Hill (30-2) LW: 5

4. Holy Cross (26-2) LW: 6

5. Centennial (18-1) LW: 4

6. Stone Bridge (27-3) LW: 2

7. Walter Johnson (17-2) LW: 9

8. Arundel (19-1) LW: 7

9. Magruder (22-1) LW: 8

10. Langley (26-6) LW: NR

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