There were three new starters on the court for Sherwood’s volleyball team in its season-opening victory over visiting Good Counsel on Tuesday night, but it was obvious from the match’s first points that at least one thing has remained the same: Senior Alex Holston can still bring the boom.

The defending Maryland 4A champion defeated last year’s Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champion, 25-19, 25-9, 25-14, extending its unbeaten streak to 39 matches. Holston, the returning All-Met Player of the Year whose every spike was met with a resounding “boom” from Sherwood fans, led the way for the Warriors with 19 kills and 11 digs.

“I’m pleased with the energy, and I’m pleased with the way we competed,” Sherwood Coach Brian McCarty said. “Good Counsel is a great team, so to have this result is very positive for us going forward. We have a lot to work on, we really do, but I was happy with the energy and the way they just came out and competed.”

After allowing Good Counsel to stay within striking distance in the first set, Sherwood ran away in the second set on the strength of an 11-0 run that turned a four-point advantage into a 21-6 lead and an eventual 25-9 victory. The Warriors scored in bunches again in the third set, relying on 6-0 and 6-1 runs late to put Good Counsel away for good.

Senior libero Katie Russell had 13 digs in her first match for Shewood, and the Warriors’ other starting hitters, junior Natalie Sebeck and senior Makayla Roy, each had five kills. Senior setter Maddie Moyer, a four-year starter for Sherwood, finished the match with 30 assists.

“It’s a dream come true, having Alex and Maddie for four years,” McCarty said. “For any coach it’s a dream come true to have that type of talent, and besides the talent, they’re just great kids. They don’t care who gets the glory, who gets the kill, who gets the credit. It’s always about team, it’s always about Sherwood. . . .

“And on the court, to know that you just have Alex and Maddie, who have such a great connection and have been playing together for so long, it’s just a dream for a coach.”

Senior Jamie Chodnicki led Good Counsel with 11 digs. Senior Emily Samara and junior Trisha Kerner were the offensive leaders for the Falcons with seven kills each.