Erin Marcus made No. 6Madison dance. The junior middle hitter tallied two consecutive aces in the second set of a 25-15, 25-17, 27-25 sweep of W.T. Woodson on Wednesday, and drew a choreographed response in Fairfax.
Her teammates celebrated the point with a synchronized twirl, fist pump and a cheer of “Ace!” The back-to-back service points aided a seven-point run that carried the Warhawks (9-0) through the second set. Madison held on as the third went to extra points.
“We just had so much energy,” Marcus said. “Even when we’re down, the energy on the court just brings us back to play harder.”
Although the Warhawks dug a 6-1 hole to start the final set, junior Marissa Roy sparked the rally to polish off the Cavaliers (8-2) with the last of her six kills.
Roy said she felt she contributed most as a communicator, directing traffic from her outside hitter spot. She added 13 digs, but said she did not try to stand out in Madison’s balanced attack.
After the match, she threw on a tie-dye T-shirt over her black jersey and commended her team’s optimism.
“We’re really resilient,” Roy said. “I’ve never seen anyone with our heads down. We always just pick it back up after a lost point.”
W.T. Woodson has seven players who stand at least 5-foot-10, but Madison managed to match them at the net. Coach Carrie Hall said her team had focused on improving its blocking in the week leading up to the match, which helped it quash Cavalier rallies.
Senior Eliza Fisher led W.T. Woodson with 12 kills, including a strike that put her team within one point of winning the last set. Senior libero Jenna Yost dived and tumbled her way to 15 digs, but many of them were wasted on points lost by errors.
Madison lost an early-season matchup with W.T. Woodson last year, but eliminated the Cavaliers from the Virginia AAA Northern Region tournament in the teams’ last meeting.
Madison is off to its best start with this group of girls. Hall attributes the success to the trait that has the girls laughing and sharing pizza on an opposing court in the aftermath of the win.
“They have a camaraderie that is just so outstanding,” she said.
“They don’t get down on each other. There’s no bickering on the court. They just really care for each other.”