When the Osbourn Park volleyball team got swept by Douglas Freeman a month ago, the Yellow Jackets were more concerned about homecoming that evening than they were in knocking off the state-ranked Rebels.
Last night, Osbourn Park met Freeman again with a more important date in mind -- a berth Friday in the Virginia AAA semifinals -- but fell just short in a 25-13, 20-25, 25-22, 23-25, 15-13 home loss in a state quarterfinal.
Down 10-5 in the decisive game, the Yellow Jackets three times pulled within one, thanks to a series of kills by senior Kaitlin Crutchley and back-to-back blocks by senior Adora Luster. But they could not forge a tie or inch ahead of the Rebels (21-5), a Richmond school in the state semifinals for the second straight year.
The match ended when Osbourn Park senior Kristen Wolf (32 assists) could not handle an awkward pass at the net.
"All of a sudden it was just like, oh my gosh, that was the game," Wolf said. "But coming back from 10-5, that's an accomplishment in itself. We had the momentum, we were going, it's just too bad it was only to 15" and not 25.
Crutchley led Osbourn Park (21-5) with 16 kills.
Loudoun Valley Rolls Into AA Semifinals
Loudoun Valley junior Blair Brown drew cheers and even one standing ovation from the packed crowd of just under 1,000 at last night's Virginia AA quarterfinal. And that was during warmups, well before the Vikings had notched a 25-7, 25-21, 25-16 victory over visiting Jamestown.
In the end, No. 2 Loudoun Valley showed the crowd and the Jamestown players -- who had watched with some awe as Brown and the Vikings slammed through pregame drills -- that there's a lot more to this team than the 6-foot-4 Brown (22 kills, 10 blocks).
"They do have Blair, and she no doubt makes a huge difference," Jamestown Coach Krista Carpenedo said. "But there is a lot of other talent on that team, too. They are very well-rounded. My girls did the best they could against them, but this is a tough place to play and a tough team to play against. We don't ever see crowds like that."
Loudoun Valley (27-0) advanced to Friday's state semifinal at Carroll County High School in Hillsville, Va., against either Rustburg or Lee-Staunton, with the winner advancing to Saturday's final. Jamestown finished 21-5.
Chantilly Is Ousted in AAA Quarterfinals
Chantilly's improbable season came to an end at home as the Chargers were swept by Virginia Beach school First Colonial, 25-20, 25-23, 25-16, in a Virginia AAA quarterfinal.
The loss snapped an eight-match winning streak for the Chargers (15-9), who were making their first state appearance and who last week won their first Northern Region title.
Chantilly led in the first two games, but the Patriots (20-7) rallied in both, then jumped to a 10-1 lead in the final game.
"We played as well as we could," Chargers captain Shannon Gallagher said. "No one on our team can be unhappy with our effort. We just were outmatched. We have no regrets. It was a great season."
Special correspondent Paul Bergeron contributed to this report.