Heritage volleyball coach Carmel Keilty knew that her team's 3-0 victory over visiting Park View on Tuesday had given the Pride (14-3, 11-1) its first AA Dulles District title, only the second team championship in the school's four-year history. But she didn't let on to her players, who still have three regular season games remaining, that it was a done deal.
"I don't know how much they know," Keilty said, laughing. "I don't like to talk about it. We still have goals ahead of us that we haven't accomplished yet. But I tell you it does feel really good."
Keilty isn't unaccustomed to success -- or to building programs. She also started the program at Loudoun Valley, and her 17 years there included back-to-back AA championships in 2001 and 2002. Still, she said it's almost sweeter the second time around.
"It hasn't been any easier starting from scratch all over again with a new program," Keilty said. "But it's been very rewarding. I set a goal when we came in here that first year that by the fourth year we needed to be at the top. And for the girls to attain that is quite an accomplishment. It's a credit to the players and to their work ethic."
-- Angela Watts