Leesburg Christian School's girls volleyball team qualified for the state tournament this season, but it won't be going. The Lions have more important things to do.

The team (8-7) defeated Bethel Christian of Hampton, 16-14, 15-13 on Oct. 16 to win the Old Dominion Athletic Conference regional title. But scheduled for the same day as the state tournament--which they have never won--is the wedding of the Leesburg Baptist Church pastor's son, a good friend of the entire team.

The players decided to attend the wedding and have withdrawn from the tournament, leaving Bethel Christian to compete in their place.

"I'm kind of glad that we're not going because now we don't have to miss the wedding," said senior Alicia Zarou, who has been on the team since her freshman season and is giving up what would have been her first and only opportunity to play for a state title. "It's kind of sad but also a relief, because even though we're not going to states, [our season] ended with a good game."

Wakefield Looks Ahead

Wakefield School Coach Sasha Mobley was searching for solace after her team dropped a doubleheader Thursday to Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy, which is undefeated in Delaney Athletic Conference play.

The Warriors (11-5) won only one game against the Stephens City school, but Mobley believes the loss will get the team motivated for the DAC tournament, which begins Monday.

"I'm disappointed, excited and exhausted," she said. "It was absolutely crucial [to play against Shenandoah Valley]. What happens when you play against a team like that is that it shows that every point is important. We often drop the first game of a match, sort of use it as a warmup. But when you play a team like that, it requires so much more of a mental game than we are not used to."

On Friday, Wakefield took on Randolph-Macon in hopes of avenging a five-game loss earlier this season in which the Yellow Jackets rallied from a two-game deficit. Results were unavailable at press time.

Falcons on a Roll

Fauquier is on the verge of breaking the school record for wins for the second consecutive season. The Falcons (19-0) should eclipse last season's record of 19-4. In addition, they have yet to drop a game in a Commonwealth District match this season.

"At this point in time, it is just unbelievable that we are [undefeated]," Coach Diana Story said of her team's performance in the Commonwealth District. "Going into the season, I never thought that we were going to be undefeated at this point. But then again, going into this season I had no idea of what it would bring. The girls and I know that we are not invincible. We are 19-0, but we know [in the tournament] that doesn't mean a lot."

Story said that anything short of a trip to the regional tournament would be a bit of a disappointment this season. The Falcons have dominated their first season in the AAA Commonwealth District, which predominantly is made up of first-year teams. That dominance has provided Story the luxury of giving playing time to a number of reserves this season, something Story believes will benefit the team come tournament time.

Among those reserves playing this season are juniors Stephanie Baker (who had two kills in a victory over Stafford on Tuesday) and setter Lynn Aiani (eight assists against Stafford).

"It helps, especially when it comes to late-season play, because if I have a person injured or not playing well in my starting six, I can pull someone off my bench because they have had ample playing time during the regular season," Story said.

RECORDS

Fauquier 19-0

Foxcroft 4-3

Highland 5-11

Leesburg Christian 8-7

Notre Dame 8-9

Wakefield 11-5

RESULTS

Oct. 16

Leesburg Christian def. Bethel

Christian Academy, 16-14, 15-13

Monday

Shenandoah Valley def. Highland, 15-4, 15-2, 15-1

Tuesday

Fauquier def. Stafford, 15-1, 15-4

Wakefield School def. Emmanuel

Christian, 15-11, 3-15, 15-11, 15-5

Thursday

Fauquier def. James Wood, 15-7, 15-5

Foxcroft def. Episcopal, 15-5, 15-9, 15-13

Fredericksburg Christian def.

Highland, 15-5, 15-6, 15-10

Notre Dame def. Wakefield Country Day, 15-1, 15-6

Shenandoah Valley def. Wakefield twice (doubleheader; scores not available)

Friday

Randolph-Macon at Wakefield School