From the stands, Westfield's student crowd taunted their Stone Bridge counterparts with chants of "She's a freshman!"
On the court, Westfield outside hitter Sammy Spees -- the freshman -- tormented Stone Bridge even more. Spees fired blazing cross-court shots around Stone Bridge's defense and also laced more than one ball straight down the line, a much harder task for an outside hitter and a rare sight in high school volleyball.
Spees's success helped her teammates quickly dispose of Stone Bridge, 25-18, 25-16, 25-20, to claim their second Virginia AAA Northern Region championship.
"She's very dominant," Stone Bridge Coach Jill Raschiatore said. "We tried to move our blocks around, but she adjusted and either hit around us or hit it straight down the line. She's very talented, and very smart."
Spees's performance helped fuel a Westfield team that seems to be peaking at just the right time. Since falling to Centreville in the Concorde District final a week ago, Westfield has posted four consecutive victories, including sweeping No. 1 Loudoun Valley -- ending the Vikings' 55-match win streak -- and No. 6 Stone Bridge in back-to-back matches.
Westfield will host Central Region runner-up Deep Run in a Virginia AAA quarterfinal Tuesday while Stone Bridge travel to face Central Region champion Douglas Freeman.
"Losing the district tournament really crushed us," Westfield Coach Jim Bour said. "We were hurt and disappointed and it drove us. If you'd have told me a week ago that we'd go 3-0 and 3-0 against [Loudoun Valley and Stone Bridge], I'd have never believed it. But the girls were determined to make it happen."
In addition to Spees's match-high 14 kills, Westfield got exceptional play from senior outside hitter Catlin Goodman (11 kills) and sophomore middle Kelsey Maloney (9 kills) as setters Kim Corcoran (16 assists) and Kaci Coleman (13 assists) fed the ball to all areas of the floor.
For Spees, the only freshman on Westfield's roster, that includes getting out the broom and sweeping the floor after practices. And, sometimes, taking over games.
"I'm willing to do anything that helps the team," Spees said. "Tonight, I just played, I guess."