It took the Osbourn Park girls' volleyball team less than half as long to lose to First Colonial as it did to bus here from Manassas on Tuesday.
Eastern Region champion First Colonial (25-2) ended the Yellow Jackets' surprising run with a 15-12, 15-2, 15-13 sweep in a 70-minute Virginia AAA quarterfinal match.
There was no miraculous comeback for Osbourn Park (18-5), which rallied from 2-0 game deficits to win its Northwestern Region quarterfinal and semifinal matches and earn its first state tournament appearance since 1999.
"First Colonial was the best all-around team we've played," Osbourn Park Coach Kate Southcott said. "We had leads in the first and third games, but our young team couldn't handle First Colonial's high-tech offense.
"They were bigger and had some girls who hit the heck out of the ball. It was a good learning experience for our underclassmen."
Two of the victors' big boppers were Beach District Player of the Year Maegan Weisert and Mollee Farrell. The pair combined for 19 kills, 17 service points and nine aces. Weisert, a senior who has kindled Division I interest, was impressed with Osbourn Park.
"They would certainly have made the district tournament if they were a Beach school," she said. "They served well.
"The fact that they had rallied from 2-0 deficits to win region matches was in the back of our minds when we went up 2-0. That inspired us to close them out in three games," Weisert said.
Lindsey Thorne and Stephanie Smith were the most effective Yellow Jackets, combining for 12 kills and seven service points. Casey Sarver added eight service points.
Osbourn Park bolted to a 6-3 lead in the first game, but Nikki Fanning rallied the Patriots with four consecutive service points. Weisert's kill put the hosts up to stay at 10-9.
The victors built an 11-0 advantage in the second game before server Sarver ended the drought.
In the third game, Osbourn Park appeared headed for another of those unlikely comebacks, opening up a 9-4 lead. First Colonial sliced the deficit to 9-8, but back-to-back points by Sarver put the Yellow Jackets within four of a victory.
Weisert denied that bid, employing a jump serve she hadn't used since midseason. She reeled off five straight service points, four of them aces, for a 13-11 First Colonial lead. Osbourn Park got as close as 14-13 on a kill by Smith, but Farrell served the game-winner.
With eight of the 13 players she used Tuesday night returning next year, Southcott is encouraged about Osbourn Park's future.
"We have a way to go to catch up to Virginia Beach teams, but our kids are progressing," she said.