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High school volleyball: Flint Hill wins second straight City Championship

By Matt Brooks
Special to The Washington Post
Tuesday, November 9, 2010; 12:02 AM

Two weeks after rallying from one set down to beat Good Counsel on its home floor, Flint Hill found itself facing a 1-0 deficit once again in Monday's City Championship at Maret. The barrage from a fired-up Good Counsel front line continued into the second set as the Huskies fell behind 10-2 in the early going. But with her team desperately needing a spark to avoid an 0-2 hole, senior Meaghan Stertzer stepped to the service line and restored order.

With consistent pace and placement, Stertzer reeled off seven straight service points to tie the set at 13 and give her teammates a chance to get their feet underneath them. From there, the Huskies took the second set 25-19 and rolled to their second straight title with a four-set victory, 21-25, 25-19, 25-16, 25-19.

Weathering a first-set storm from the Falcons is nothing new for Stertzer and her teammates, who have swept their last four matchups despite dropping the first set in the last three. The top-ranked Huskies (30-0) struggled with their passing early as Good Counsel mixed up its hits up front, but by the third set, senior hitters Marilyn Peizer and Tori Janowski came alive and the balls that came back in the first two sets found the floor.

"We really had to dig deep and control what we could control and everything would fall into place," Stertzer said. "We started to find our legs, make better passes and our front line started putting the ball down."

After trailing for the entirety of the third set, the Falcons made one last push in the fourth but Peizer pounded down five kills in the set, including the final point and the Huskies celebrated another City Championship.

Janowski had 16 kills and 13 assists and Peizer added 15 kills and 16 digs as the Huskies survived just their fourth four-set match of the season. Senior Maeve Drummey had nine kills and 10 digs for the Falcons (21-4) and Meagan Donohoe added 10 kills.

"We know every time we play, it's going to be a battle royale," Good Counsel Coach Karen Kart said.

"Regardless of the outcome, this is where you want to be at the end of the year."

The Huskies, who won their third straight Independent School League title Sunday, continue their perfect season in the state tournament Tuesday.

"We keep losing the first set, but it just makes the comeback more exciting," Janowski said. "It's great to beat Good Counsel, because we've had to work so hard and claw for every point. Winning here again was a goal we've had all season and it's amazing to actually do it."

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