Unable to carry any of the momentum it created last week during a dominant performance in the Virginia AAA Northern Region tournament into last night's state quarterfinals, the Westfield volleyball team's season ended last night with a 26-24, 25-17, 25-15 loss at home to Deep Run.
The second-ranked Bulldogs (24-3) seemed to have control in a tightly contested Game 1, but the Wildcats (22-4) scored three of the final four points to get the win and gain an emotional edge.
"The first game was a big one, and we let it slip away," Westfield Coach Jim Bour said. "We then became a bit tentative and went away from the aggressive play that we had during the region tournament."
Game 1 featured 14 ties, but the Bulldogs never built more than a two-point lead. Deep Run -- the Central Region runner-up from Glen Allen, Va. -- stormed to a 19-9 lead in Game 2, with Westfield unable to get any closer than 21-16.
In Game 3, Deep Run, which defeated Centreville and Robinson during the regular season, scored five of the first six points and never looked back. Killing any chance at a comeback, the Bulldogs watched five of their serves in the decisive game land out of bounds.
"We just did not play our game at all," said Westfield junior outside hitter Catlin Goodman, last week's region tournament most valuable player. "It's probably the worst we've played all season. We didn't have the intensity we needed and didn't come together as a team. [Deep Run's] plan was to wipe our blocks, and they are tall, and they did that."
Deep Run right setter Courtlin LaReau said her team's ability to pass well was one of the keys. "We were able to pick up everything [Westfield] was doing to us," she said.
Said Bour: "They were smart, prepared, well coached and very talented. They had some great diggers. We knew that, and we saw that."
Deep Run is in just its third year of varsity play and is making its first trip to the state tournament. In Friday's semifinals, the Wildcats will play Eastern Region champion Cox, a 20-25, 25-19, 25-21, 22-25, 15-10 winner over Osbourn Park last night.
Westfield's region title was its second in school history and first since 2000. The Bulldogs were 9-10 in 2004 and did not reach the postseason.