Magruder's 5-foot-2 junior Cindy Goon may have been the shortest person on the court, but she cast the largest shadow as she helped the Colonels to their third consecutive Montgomery County Gold Division volleyball title with a 25-13, 25-15, 25-13 win over Wootton last night in Rockville.
Goon had 14 assists and five aces and won 14 points on her serve as No. 3 Magruder (12-1, 6-0) remained undefeated in conference play and handed Wootton (8-1, 5-1) its first loss of the season. Behind Goon's stellar setting, Magruder's hitters dominated with emphatic kills, and the Colonels' defense didn't hesitate to hit the floor to prevent the ball from dropping.
"The setter sets the tone," said Wootton Coach Tom Schuler, whose Patriots are enjoying their best season in his five-year tenure despite last night's loss. "They're a good team because [Goon] distributes the ball well. She kept moving around the sets, and her serve was on."
Magruder, which advanced to the Maryland 4A championship game for the first time last season, won the match with crucial runs in each game. Leading by four points in the first game, senior middle hitter Taylor Herrgott won seven consecutive points on her serve, delivering three aces. Goon assisted on two kills to help build a 22-11 lead.
"I was just setting good today," said Goon, who switched from a defensive specialist to setter this season. "It just clicked. I just kept practicing at it. The hitters were on."
Goon took over in the second game with an effective floating serve. She won eight consecutive points on serve, including four aces in a row, to give the Colonels a 21-11 lead.
In the third game, junior outside hitter Kim Musser staked the Colonels to an 11-2 lead by winning eight straight points on serve, including two aces. After a pair of side outs, Herrgott followed with six points on serve, with Goon assisting on two kills, to give Magruder a 16-3 lead.