With St. John’s one point away from capturing the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship Sunday, junior Rachel Richardson was determined to deliver the final kill.

“I was hungry. I wanted it,” Richardson said. “I told my setter before [Holy Cross] served the ball to find me.”

St. John’s setter Maya Boykin put the ball in the right position for Richardson, the WCAC player of the year, to rise up and hit the ball past a pair of Holy Cross defenders. St. John’s students flooded the court at Catholic University to celebrate the Cadets’ 3-0 (25-14, 25-21, 25-19) victory over the Tartans and their first conference title since 2004.

“I don’t how it took so long,” St. John’s Coach Bill Pribac said. “It’s great and the girls worked hard all season long through different obstacles.”


Holy Cross has dominated the WCAC recently, winning five of the last seven conference championships.


“In the past years when we lost to them in the semifinals or the regular season, we could sense there was this doubt,” said Richardson, who finished with 19 kills. “There was a change in the determination and the mind-set this season like there was no fear walking into the court.”

(Records through Sunday)

1. Flint Hill (26-1) Last ranked: 1

The Huskies defeated Madeira to claim Independent League Championship title on Nov. 3.

2. Loudoun County (21-2) LR: 2

The Cavaliers are on a roll, supporting a 17-game win streak and a perfect record in Virginia 4C play.


3. St. John’s (30-2) LR: 4

The Cadets defeated Holy Cross to win their first WCAC Championship in 15 years.

4. Northwest (13-2) LR: 3

The Jaguars defeated Clarksburg in the first round of the Maryland 4A West region tournament Thursday.

5. Holy Cross (27-3) LR: 5


The Tartans’ loss in the WCAC title game was their second to the Cadets this season.

6. Westfield (23-3) LR: 6

The Bulldogs defeated Chantilly in the Concorde District final Thursday to extend their win streak to six games.

7. W.T. Woodson (22-4) LR: 10

Woodson defeated Robinson in the Patriot District final Wednesday.

8. Colgan (19-6) LR: 8

The Sharks defeated Forest Park, 3-2, on Oct. 24.

9. Magruder (20-0) LR: Not ranked

The Colonels ended the regular season sweeping Northwest on Oct. 25.

10. Stone Bridge (15-7) LR: 9

The Bulldogs’ loss to Riverside on Wednesday snapped a three-game win streak.