Monday, November 3, 2008

The road to Richmond ends for Luray but don't look for tears from Lady Bulldogs Julie Rothgeb




STRASBURG- Julie Rothgeb coached her final game for the 2008-2009 season Monday night in Luray's 3-0 (25-18,25-18,25-21) loss to Strasburg but the end will not diminish the journey for the Lady Bulldogs.

"I am very proud of the things we accomplished this season," Rothgeb said. "We finished miles ahead of where we were last year."

Luray (17-6, 8-2) finished the Shenandoah District regular season in second place and were the only District team to defeat Wilson Memorial. The Lady Bulldogs pushed the Hornets to game 4 in the District tournament before once again finishing in the two spot. This time the #2 finish earned LHS their first trip to Region B play since 1997.

Five of the six losses LHS suffered during their break out season came at the hands of District Champs- 3 times vs. Strasburg and 2 times vs. Wilson Memorial. Rothgeb's team captured 17 of 18 matches otherwise and their Coach tried to find a remedy for playing against the Rams.

"We have struggled at times this season with dealing with pressure so I let them know that if they tightened up against Strasburg I was going to make them do the Hokey Poky during the time out," Rothgeb added with a smile. "They were able to stay relaxed all night and we hung with them the entire match. I could not be any more proud of them for their effort tonight."
Congrats to Julie & The Lady Bulldogs on a succesful season !

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