Langley's volleyball team came into last night's Virginia AAA Northern Region quarterfinal having won 21 consecutive matches. Visiting Centreville ended that and left with hopes of extending its own streak -- five straight state tournament appearances -- still intact.
The Wildcats rallied to beat the fourth-ranked and previously unbeaten Saxons, 25-17, 10-25, 25-22, 25-11, and will face the winner of last night's Jefferson-Marshall match in tomorrow's regional semifinals.
Langley hadn't lost a game since Oct. 12, but Centreville (14-3) snapped that 25-game streak, taking the opener. Langley (21-1) took the second game and built a 19-12 lead in Game 3. But the serving of sophomore Ryann Lowery sparked a six-point run for Centreville, and a kill by senior Jenny Brugger got the Wildcats within 19-18.
After the Saxons regrouped to take a 22-18 advantage, Centreville rattled off six straight points to grab a 2-1 lead in games. The Wildcats surged to a 12-4 edge in Game 4 and didn't look back, avenging a five-game, season-opening loss to the Saxons.
Norman Edwards has resigned as football coach at Springbrook in order to spend more time with his family, he said. Edwards guided the Blue Devils to a 17-32 record in five seasons, including a 4-6 mark this year. In 2003, he led Springbrook to an 8-3 record and its first playoff appearance since 1994.
His resignation was first reported in yesterday's Maryland Journal.
-- Paul Bergeron
and Jake Schaller