Leesburg Christian School's girls volleyball team qualified for the Old Dominion Association of Church Schools Tournament this season, but the players chose not to compete in the event. They had something more important to do.

The Lions (8-7) defeated Bethel Christian of Hampton, 16-14, 15-13, on Oct. 16 to win the Old Dominion Athletic Conference regional title. But the date for the tournament was last Saturday, the same date as the wedding of Joel Overstreet, a good friend of everyone on the team.

The players decided to attend the wedding rather than play for their first title and withdrew from the tournament, leaving Bethel Christian to compete in their place.

"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," Alicia Zarou, a senior, said this past weekend.

Schooling Former Pupil

Watkins Mill's five-game volleyball victory over Montgomery County opponent Quince Orchard last Thursday afternoon not only left Wolverines Coach Tom Gillard hoarse after three hours of yelling instructions, it also gave him his second win this season over his former pupil. Both schools are in Gaithersburg.

Gillard coached Ginger Moon in 1989 on the Ridgeview Intermediate team, a feeder school for Quince Orchard (10-2). Moon went on to play varsity volleyball for Quince Orchard and then at UNC Wilmington before returning to coach Quince Orchard last year.

Third-ranked Watkins Mill (12-0) rallied to defeat Moon's Cougars, 11-15, 12-15, 15-6, 16-14, 15-3.

"It's fun," Gillard said of coaching against Moon. "We have a real good friendship and relationship, and she's a good coach. . . . We always meet and have a good chuckle at the end [of a match]. We always talk about things you don't with other coaches because we go way back."