Girls Volleyball: Sherwood Tops Arundel To Take 3rd Straight State Title

The Sherwood High School girls volleyball team celebrates its third consecutive state championship.

by Eric Meany

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — “BOOM!”

The unmistakable roar from the Sherwood High School student section that accompanied every smash by senior Alex Holston filled the Ritchie Coliseum more often than the Arundel girls volleyball team would have liked on Monday night.

Four days after the University of Florida recruit set an MPSSAA tournament record with 42 kills in the semifinals, Holston had 25 more to finish off her high school career by leading the Warriors to their third consecutive Class 4A state championship with a 3-0 (27-25, 25-14, 25-13) victory over the Wildcats.

The championship game was a rematch of the 2011 final in which Sherwood topped Arundel in three sets. This year, as last, both teams entered the match undefeated, and the Wildcats gave the Warriors all they could handle early on.

The two teams were never separated by more than four points during an error-filled first set in which both teams struggled to find their rhythm. The Wildcats saved one set point on a kill by Ashlee Felton that tied the score at 24, then found themselves with a set point opportunity of their own seconds later. But consecutive kills by Holston gave Sherwood the advantage and they converted the next point to take the set, 27-25.

The second set, much like the first, started off as an evenly matched back-and-forth affair. But after six ties in the first 22 points, Sherwood went on a 14-3 tear culminating in consecutive kills by sophomore Kerra Tirado to give the Warriors a two-sets-to-none advantage.

After early errors by both teams in the third set, Sherwood started to play more like the team that didn’t lose a match and dropped only three sets total in 2012. Behind three service aces from Holston and a team hitting percentage of  .310, the Warriors never trailed in the set. They had runs of 12-2 and 8-1 on their way to prevailing, 25-13, to clinch the Class 4A crown for the fourth time in team history.

Senior setter Maddie Moyer led all players with 30 assists in her last match for the Warriors. A three-year starter, Moyer is one of the many departing Sherwood regulars who have helped power the team to 57 consecutive victories and three straight state championships.

The rest of the state might find hope in the fact that when the Warriors reconvene in 2013 they will be without seniors Moyer, Holston, Megan Brady, Christy Mempin and Katie Russell. For now, though, those players can enjoy their third championship in as many years and leave the future in the hands of their younger teammates.

And before the rest of the state gets too excited, they should check out the Sherwood junior varsity team’s record in 2012.

11-0.

“BOOM!”

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