St. Stephen's/St. Agnes had a stellar weekend at the Alexandria City Girls' Volleyball Tournament, a meet billed as the city championship for the four high schools in Alexandria. On Friday, the Saints won a thrilling four-set match against Bishop Ireton, then defeated host T.C. Williams in three games to take the title on Saturday.
Junior middle blocker Ashley Headon, an all-state selection last season, recorded 40 kills to lead the Saints to the title. But it was junior Alicia Edwards who had the key play in the fourth set of their match against Ireton.
With St. Stephen's leading 33-32, and the team out of substitutions, Edwards, a middle blocker, had to serve for the first time this season. She converted and the Saints won the set and the match.
"Alicia had never really served in a match before," St. Stephen's/St. Agnes Coach Betsey Price said. "She never usually played in the back row, but she came through when we needed her to."
As of Monday, the Saints were 4-3 on the year and Price said she was happy with her team's play, especially since the Saints have no seniors.
"The chemistry is excellent on this group," Price said. "We're now starting to put our points together."
T.C. Williams won its semifinal game in the tournament by sweeping Episcopal in three games on Friday.
Titans Coach Rhea Butler said that she hopes to make the tournament an annual event. The schools have played a similar basketball tournament the past two years.
Saints Split in Baltimore
The St. Stephen's/St. Agnes field hockey team played well but was not quite as successful at its weekend tournament, the prestigious Nyborg Tournament in Baltimore. The second-ranked Saints defeated defending Maryland 3A champion Bethesda-Chevy Chase, 1-0 in overtime, in the team's first game. Junior Katherine Denkler deflected a shot off a Barons player for a goal with less than two minutes remaining.
In the team's second game, against Maryland 3A runner up and top-ranked Severna Park, the Saints were able to put the pressure on the Falcons early, but wilted in the humidity midway through the second half and lost, 1-0.
St. Stephen's/St. Agnes players may have suffered from fatigue considering the tournament marked the team's first two games of the season.
"It would have been much nicer to have won, but I'm pleased with the way the kids played," Saints Coach Marsha Way said. "I thought we dominated the game early on. We just let down a little at the end."
Junior Carter Foote, who has verbally committed to Vanderbilt to play lacrosse, and sisters Julia and Catherine Gotwald had strong tournament performances for St. Stephen's.