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November 19, 2012

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.

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November 15, 2012

Girls Volleyball Playoffs: Sherwood 3, Walter Johnson 1

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Senior Alex Holston had a tournament-record 42 kills to lead the Sherwood High School girls volleyball team to a 3-1 (25-13, 25-21, 18-25, 25-12) victory over Walter Johnson in the semifinal round of the MPSSAA Class 4A State Championship playoffs at the Ritchie Coliseum on Thursday.

Sherwood High School senior Alex HolstonHolston set the tone early in the first set, getting kills on two of the first five points of the match as the Warriors took a 6-0 lead before the Wildcats called a timeout to regroup. Walter Johnson won the next two points before falling behind by as many as 15 on its way to losing the set by 12.

The Wildcats were much more competitive in a second set that featured eight ties and three lead changes before Sherwood ultimately prevailed, 25-21. Walter Johnson took the third set, 25-18, and seemed poised to give the two-time defending state champions one of their toughest tests of the season.

The Warriors returned to form early in the fourth set, though, winning eight consecutive points on Maddie Moyer’s serve to take an 11-2 lead on their way to a 25-12 victory and a third straight trip to the state final.

The Wildcats (16-2) lost for just the second time this season, with both defeats coming to Sherwood. In the regular-season finale for both teams, the visiting Warriors beat Walter Johnson in four sets on October 25.

Sherwood (18-0) will face Arundel in a rematch of last year’s final in the championship game on Monday. Arundel topped Eleanor Roosevelt 3-0 in the other semifinal match played Thursday.

November 9, 2012

Girls Volleyball Playoffs: Friday, November 9

4A West Regional Final

(2) Walter Johnson 3, (1) Magruder 1

4A North Regional Final

(2) Sherwood 3, (1) Dulaney 0

November 7, 2012

Girls Volleyball Playoffs: Wednesday, November 7

4A West Regional Semifinals

(1) Magruder 3, (4) Gaithersburg 1

(2) Walter Johnson 3, (3) Richard Montgomery 0 (27-25, 25-23, 25-12)

4A North Regional Semifinals

(2) Sherwood 3, (11) Paint Branch 0

3A West Regional Semifinals

(2) North Hagerstown 3, (3) Damascus 2

November 5, 2012

Girls Volleyball Playoffs: Monday, November 5

4A West Regional Quarterfinals

(1) Magruder 3, (8) Whitman 0 (25-15, 25-12, 25-19)

(2) Walter Johnson 3, (10) Bethesda-Chevy Chase 1 (21-25, 25-10, 25-7, 25-18)

(3) Richard Montgomery 3, (6) Quince Orchard 0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-18)

(4) Gaithersburg 3, (12) Wootton 0

4A North Regional Quarterfinals

(2) Sherwood 3, (10) Westminster 0 (25-8, 25-12, 25-11)

(11) Paint Branch 3, (3) Poly 0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-20)

3A West Regional Quarterfinals

(1) Tuscarora 3, (9) Watkins Mill 0

(3) Damascus 3, (6) Rockville 0 (25-18, 25-10, 25-20)

2A West Regional Quarterfinals

(4) Oakdale 3, (12) Poolesville 2

November 4, 2012

Girls Volleyball Playoffs: Sunday, November 4

ISL Championship

Holton-Arms 3, St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes 2

November 3, 2012

Girls Volleyball Playoffs: Saturday, November 3

WCAC Final

Holy Cross 3, Paul VI 0 (25-10, 25-17, 25-10)

November 2, 2012

Girls Volleyball Playoffs: Friday, November 2

4A West First Round

(8) Whitman 3, (9) Kennedy 0

(12) Wootton 3, (5) Clarksburg 0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-20)

(10) Bethesda-Chevy Chase 3, (7) Northwest 0

4A North First Round

(10) Westminster 3, (7) Springbrook 0

3A West First Round

(12) Thomas Johnson 3, (5) Northwood 0

(10) Urbana 3, (7) Einstein 0

2A West First Round

(8) Century 3, (9) Wheaton 0

WCAC Semifinals

Holy Cross 3, St. John’s 0 (25-12, 25-15, 25-14)

ISL Semifinals

Holton-Arms 3, National Cathedral 1 (27-25, 25-22, 19-25, 25-20)

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November 1, 2012

Girls Volleyball Playoffs: Thursday, November 1

4A West First Round

(4) Gaithersburg 3, (13) Churchill 1

(6) Quince Orchard 3, (11) Blair 2

4A North First Round

(11) Paint Branch 3, (6) Blake 0

3A West First Round

(6) Rockville 3, (11) Seneca Valley 1

(8) Frederick 3, (9) Watkins Mill 1

2A West First Round

(12) Poolesville 3, (5) Middletown 1

October 29, 2012

Girls Volleyball: State Tournament Seedings Announced

Magruder and Sherwood, the only two undefeated girls volleyball teams from public schools in Montgomery County, received first-round byes in the upcoming state tournament, the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association announced Monday. Magruder, the first seed in the 4A West region, will play either Whitman or Kennedy in the second round. Sherwood, the defending Class 4A state champion, is seeded second in the 4A North region and will play either Springbrook or Westminster in the second round. Should the two teams win their respective regions, they would meet in the state semifinals.

Below are the first round matchups for Montgomery County schools, with seedings in parentheses. Full brackets are here.

4A West

(1) Magruder – bye (will play either Whitman or Kennedy in the second round)

(2) Walter Johnson – bye (will play either Northwest or B-CC in the second round)

(3) Richard Montgomery – bye (will play either Quince Orchard or Blair in the second round)

(13) Churchill @ (4) Gaithersburg

(12) Wootton @ (5) Clarksburg

(11) Blair @ (6) Quince Orchard

(10) Bethesda-Chevy Chase @ (7) Northwest

(9) Kennedy @ (8) Whitman

4A North

(2) Sherwood – bye (will play either Springbrook or Westminster in the second round)

(11) Paint Branch @ (6) Blake

(10) Westminster @ (7) Springbrook

3A West

(3) Damascus – bye (will play either Rockville or Seneca Valley in the second round)

(12) Thomas Johnson @ (5) Northwood

(11) Seneca Valley @ (6) Rockville

(10) Urbana @ (7) Einstein

(9) Watkins Mill @ (8) Frederick

2A West

(9) Wheaton @ (8) Century

(12) Poolesville @ (5) Middletown