So far this season, Fauquier's move to the Commonwealth District has turned up no new rivals, just the same old ones.
Sherando and James Wood--Fauquier's rivals in the Virginia AA Northwestern District over the past several years--made the jump this year with Fauquier to the AAA Commonwealth District. The rivalries have survived the move, and it's a good thing--most of the other schools in the district have first-year volleyball programs.
Fauquier (14-0) has not dropped a game in the district this season, and its toughest challenges have come from its old foes.
In a match against Sherando Sept. 28, Fauquier fell behind, 11-1, in the first game. But the Falcons rallied around seniors Stacey Sviatko and Brie West and junior Lindsey Mack--who substituted into the game and tallied two quick kills--to win the game, 15-13. Fauquier's roll continued in the second game, and the Falcons won, 15-3.
Fauquier also defeated James Wood in consecutive games, 15-7, 15-10.
The inexperienced teams on the schedule make life a little frustrating, Fauquier Coach Diana Story said. But they also make the matches against Sherando and James Wood that much more important.
"I know that our girls would like to see tougher competition," Story said. "It's been a bit of a see-saw season. We get up for some teams but are not for others. We would much rather play teams that are our caliber."
The Falcons' unbeaten streak will be tested again Tuesday, when they meet Sherando for the second time. They play James Wood the following week.
"Those matches will definitely tell, going into the district tournament, who's going to be number one," Story said. "The girls always look to that [Sherando] game. They are always ready for that game. It is the one they always want to win."
Foxes Jump Out Fast
Perhaps the only people not surprised by Foxcroft's hot start this season are the Foxcroft players themselves.
Last season, Foxcroft did not win a single match, but the Foxes already have won three this season. Foxcroft defeated Randolph-Macon in a five-game thriller Sept. 28 and then knocked off Independent School League opponent Holy Child the next day, 15-6, 15-7, 15-1.
Last week, Foxcroft's hot play continued with a five-game victory over Notre Dame Tuesday.
Seniors Jordan Moore and Michelle Matz led Foxcroft against Randolph-Macon with 10 kills each.
"Our girls are playing as a team real well," said Foxcroft Coach Jackie Southerland. "Even if we don't win, they are playing as a team. It can't do anything but have their confidence boosted. . . . I'm sure a lot of people are going to be shocked to see us 1-0 [in the ISL.]"
Despite falling to Wakefield in four games Wednesday, Highland Coach Jennifer Lentek is excited about the development of her team.
Monday, Highland swept a doubleheader against Wakefield Country Day, including a 15-0 first-game victory in the first match. That game in particular showed how much the team has improved, Lentek said. "It was almost a perfect game," Lentek said.
Now, Lentek said, Highland needs to take the same attitude into every match.
"Honestly, I keep being impressed and sometimes surprised by what they can do," Lentek said. "We've improved so much from the beginning of the season, you might not believe it. . . . Consistency is what we need to work on. Sometimes we know what we need to do but don't execute it."
Leesburg Christian 5-6
Fauquier def. Falls Church, 15-3, 15-3, 15-7
Highland def. Wakefield Country Day, 15-0, 15-1
Highland def. Wakefield Country Day, 15-12, 15-6
Fauquier def. Stafford, 15-1, 15-2
Foxcroft def. Notre Dame, 7-15, 10-15, 15-9, 15-7, 15-13
Wakefield def. Highland, 12-15, 15-1, 15-1, 15-6