Saturday, November 8, 2008

Wilson Memorial captures Region B Volleyball - Strasburg Cheer takes State Title

Wilson Memorial 25-25-25
Strasburg 23-18-23

Strasburg Cheer Squad captures State Title...

More later...

Godspeed to all the VBers that are traveling across our great state of Virginia...

Finals Update from Hollins University : W & L makes it 8 straight by defeating Lynchburg 3-0

ROANOKE - 4:51 P.M. - Mr. Kritter just called in with a report from the ODAC Finals. The Lady Hornets made Washington & Lee earn all 3 games...

Lynchburg claimed 3 spots on the All-Tourney team as well as the Runner Up plaque...

More later

News Flash : Lynchburg College strikes again in ODAC tourney

ROANOKE - Less than 24 hours after upsetting #2 seed Randolph-Macon, Lynchburg College (#7) was back at it. This time the Lady Hornets tripped up #3 seed Virginia Wesleyan 3-2 (14-25, 25-22, 17-25, 25-21, 15-8) in the semi-final round of the ODAC tournament.

Top seeded Washington & Lee will be the next test for the red hot LC squad as the Generals ended a solid season for the Lady Eagles of Bridgewater College 3-0 (25-15, 26-24 , 25-17).

Much more to come later -

Finals set for 3:30 P.M.

Lynchburg College vs. Washington & Lee

Region B Volleyball : Don't get me wrong - I am sure that Mathews is a great place to visit...

Strasburg 186.26 vs. Wilson Memorial 173.88...
Those numbers represent some all important info for tonight's Strasburg @ Wilson Memorial VB game that will decide the Region B Championship. The numbers aren't team power rankings though, they reflect the number of miles (each way) that the team that falls short tonight will have to travel on Tuesday evening.
Mathews High School swept Northumberland 3-0 to claim the Region A Championship and the Lady Devils will now host the opening round match in State play on Tuesday. MHS went 9-0 (3 straight 3-0 sweeps) on their way to claiming the Region crown. You can check out more information on the team at (Glouchester-Mathews Gazette).
Northumberland will travel to face the winner of Strasburg - Wilson on Tuesday with a Final Four Bid on the line. If there weren't enough riding on the Big Match tonight already, you can add trying to avoid spending 7 or 8 hours on a bus to the list of reasons that each team has for wanting to claim the Region B title.
Kala Guy vs. Jenna Smoot - would you like to try and pick an over / under on how many times these two dynamic VB players will hit a ball off each other tonight. The fire & ice coaching match-up between Kim Claytor and Suzanne Mathias- who will blink first and have to call the first time out of the match.
The gym should be jumping from start to finish with both Green and Purple being well represented in the building. Added bonus that two former team leaders from the schools will be teaming up over at Hollins University at 11:00 A.M. when #5 Bridgewater College faces #1 Washington & Lee.
Katie Baker (Strasburg '08) and Candice Guy (Wilson '07) will be wearing the same colors this morning for Coach Spector and the Lady Eagles but I have a hunch they might be on different sides of the gym tonight. Here is hoping the two Alum find a way to trip up the 7 time defending Champs (W & L) and play for the ODAC title at 3:30 P.M
One final VB note for Saturday - Northwood High School will be the site of the Region C Final Four today. The school is located in Saltville, Va.

11:00 A.M. - Northwood vs. Glenvar
12:30 P.M.- George Wythe vs. Auburn
3:00 P.M. - Finals

Two of these teams will move forward to join Gate City, Battle, Wilson, Strasburg, Northumberland and Mathews in the Elite 8 of Class A VB...

Friday, November 7, 2008

End of a Long but Fun Day Down in Roanoke : ODAC quarter-finals and ESPN Radio football

A few of the faces that made Friday a special day Around The Valley - Katie Baker of Bridgewater College VB, the U.S Army sponsored Tailgate show, News-Leader reporter Chris Lassiter, the VB Logo and Mr. Jim Sacco of the News Virginian !

ROANOKE- Great action in the 4:00 P.M. VB games over at Hollins University as #7 seed Lynchburg College pulled off a major upset when the Lady Hornets defeated #2 seed Randolph-Macon 3-1 (17-25, 25-22, 26-24, 25-18). LC evened its mark at 15-15 on the season and will play again at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday against #3 seed Virginia Wesleyan. VWU (23-10) swept #6 Emory & Henry (20-7) 3-0 in the night match...

Top seed and 7 time defending champion Washington & Lee (29-6) made quick work of #8 seed Guilford College in their 3-0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-14) sweep of the Lady Quakers. W & L was led by the 2008 ODAC Player of the Year Rachael Phillips. The 5'11 junior from Tampa, Florida guided the Lady Generals to their 11TH straight victory over ODAC competition.

Bridgewater College faced Roanoke College in the #4 vs. #5 match and the two squads went toe to toe for five games once again. BC (23-7) dropped a 5-setter at home earlier in the season after taking a 2-0 lead on the Lady Maroons but this time the Lady Eagles were able to hold on for a 3-2 victory that earns them a shot at W & L.

The semi-finals will be played side by side at 11:00 A.M. Saturday and the Finals take place at 3:30 P.M.

Bridgewater College vs. Washington & Lee (#5 vs. #1)
Lynchburg College vs. Virginia Wesleyan ( #7 vs. #3)
Highlights / Notes from the Afternoon Session :

ODAC Coach of the Year honors went to VWU Head Coach Andrea Hoover
ODAC Rookie of the Year honors went to E & H's Rachael Fertitta
Congrats to both as well as Phillips for being named Player of the year!
Faces in the crowd :
EMU's Seth McGuffin was down for the week end to help out with both the PA duties and the running of the Live Game Stats program. Always great to catch up with the Man I share the Wranglers broadcast booth with.

The Kritter family was in the Gym watching closely as Elena and her LC team pulled off the shocker of the 1ST round. Always great to visit with a True Volleyball family as all 3 of the Kritter girls play competitive VB. The signs that the LC supporters had with them were pretty cool and I will try and get pics of them Saturday...
10 quality minutes with BC's Katie Baker allowed us to re-live the Huge Game 5 comeback that Strasburg completed the night before down at Altavista. Katie will be one of a number of VBers pulling double duty Saturday as the Strasburg-Wilson match will be played at 7:00 P.M. in Fischersville.
Mrs. Bonnie Guy will watch the same amount of VB Saturday as Katie and myself. Mom has her older daughter Candice playing at 11:00 A.M. for Bridgewater (and possibly 3:30 P.M.) and her younger daughter Kala leading the way for Wilson Memorial at 7:00 P.M. Neat to visit with a special Lady as we were able to compare notes on some of the Naval Stations that our families spent time at (Her Husband / My Father). Looking forward to seeing a fair amount of both her and her daughters Saturday.
Spent part of LC's game four clincher visiting with the Grandfather of Savannah Tinsley. Tinsley is a team leader junior on a very young LC team and it was fun to listen to Grandpa encourage Savannah and the remainder of the Lady Hornets to victory.
BC Coach Greg Spector arrived with his Lady Eagles in time for us to exchange a quick Hello and pass on well wishes for the BC match. Not sure if Coach will make it back to Fishersville for the 7:00 P.M. match or not but I know that he will have BC ready to make a run at W & L in the morning.
The tailgate show on ESPN-1240 started right at 6:30 P.M. and it has quickly become one of my favorite hours of the week. Mr. Jim Sacco joined us for the third or fourth straight week and Chip does a nice job of bouncing the conversation back and forth. The best 10 minutes of the show? Tonight it was a no-brainer - the segment where Chip moves from the US Army Tent up to the Press Box. 10 minutes on the air with Sacco tonight could only lead to 1 thing- 10 minutes of talking about the Saturday night VB match between Strasburg & Wilson!
Stuarts Draft played at Northside in their playoff opener and it was pretty cool that the distance between Hollins University gym and Northside is 4.4 miles. The short distance is what allowed me to catch the first two VB games and then make the start of the Tailgate Show. Northside (6-5)defeated Draft by a final score of 24-8 to end the season for Coach Bowers and his Cougars.
Jim Sacco and young Mr. Cliffton have just finished their column and gamer that you can check out at . The parking lot looks a great deal emptier now that they have headed out (11:14 P.M.) but I still have a few notes to finish.
Chris Lassiter writes for Hubert Grimm over at the News-Leader and you can catch his gamer by clicking over to . Still need for High School football - Click over to see Chuck McGill's running blog at ...
Word for the day on Saturday...VOLLEYBALL

Strasburg @ Altavista (Trying to catch the emotions)

Jaclyn's smile says it all
3 pretty interested Strasburg backers during a Time Out

The scene on the floor as everyone tries to catch their breathe

The Colonel at Half Court

Cool art work on the Gym wall...

Coach Mason and Coach Mathias getting the Ladies ready...

The Dogwood was well represented last night as Nelson County and Altavista both competed for State spots.

The quietest Inn in all of Lynchburg, Va. The Innkeeper is pretty special too.

Mr. Sisk & Mr. Sacco call it home !

Nelson County fell short Thursday night but still had another fine season !

Good Morning from Liberty University : Busy Day coming up Around The Valley

LYNCHBURG - Greetings from the desk of Sabrena Carter - Office Manager at Selah Yearbook- Liberty University. Last night ended at 11:00 P.M. at Kinko's after TK sent his gamer on the Strasburg match up to Chuck McGill at the desk of the NVD. Not to often I get to share work space with my daughter!
Photo - TK and Coach after the match.
Today will include the opening round of the ODAC volleyball tournament over at Hollins University in Roanoke. Eight teams have advanced to the quarter-finals and the action will begin at 4:00 P.M. Two courts will be in use at both 4:00 and then again at 6:30 as the field will be trimmed to the final four. Play resumes at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday with the finals being played at 3:30 P.M.
The time to leave the gym at Hollins today will be shortly after 6:00 P.M. Our Augusta County Game of the Week is taking place just 4 miles down the road at Northside High School. Stuarts Draft High School will be playing their opening round playoff game at NHS and we will be going on the air with the Tailgate Show at 6:30. Jim Sacco is making the trip down to Roanoke and will be joining Chip Crabill and myself for the 1 hour long show leading up to the game.
Tri-Cities ( reported last night that Gate City is one step closer to returning to Richmond following their win over John Battle High School in the Region D finals last night. The gamer is a solid one and tells us that Gate City (22-1) defeated Battle (19-6) for the fourth time this season. Gate City will play at home on Tuesday while Battle will hit the road.
The Region A final four is set but I couldn't find any papers showing results from last night. All four top seeds made it to the Semi's and the teams include Windsor, Mathews, Northampton and Northumberland. The schedule stated that both the semi's and finals were to be played yesterday at King William. The Wilson - Strasburg winner will host the Region A runner-up while the Region B runner-up will be taking a Road Trip next Tuesday.
Region C will be playing their Final Four Saturday at the same Northwood High School with play starting at 11:00 A.M. Northwood vs. Glenvar will take place at 11:00 and be followed by George Wythe vs. Auburn.
Mr.Sisk and his staff did a GREAT job of covering the Home match over at Wilson Memorial. You will want to check out their coverage at . Sacco has a post about the emotions in the gym as well as a gamer and some pics. If you still want more coverage you should check out
In case our good friend Generals Sign Guy Mike is about this morning :

Bill Meade's high school games of the week are :

Buffalo Gap @ Luray
Riverheads @ Page County
Stonewall Jackson @ Wilson Memorial
William Byrd @ Harrisonburg (Playoff Game)

NCAA Games :
Virginia @ Wake Forrest
Maryland @ Va. Tech
OK State @ Texas Tech
Liberty @ V.M.I

New York Giants @ Phili
Tennessee @ Chicago
New Orleans @ Atlanta
Buffalo @ New England
Still to come - Pics from last night and the day long adventure for Strasburg players and staff...

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Saturday Night Showdown in Region B : Strasburg Rams @ Wilson Memorial Green Hornets

TK chatting with Jenna Smoot - what did she do with her Cape ?

ALTAVISTA - Strasburg rallied late in Game 5 of their match Thursday night against Altavista to punch a return ticket to the Class A State Tournament. The Rams were trailing in the deciding game 13-8 but closed the match out with a 9-2 (17-15) run sparked by junior Jenna Smoot. The next match for Coach Suzanne Mathias and her Rams will be Saturday night in Fishersville against Shenandoah District Champion Wilson Memorial.

WMHS advanced to the Region B finals by defeating Nelson County 3-1 and will remain home to face Strasburg. Jim Sacco and the News Virginian were up in Fishersville and you can check out the results from that match by clicking on later this evening. I am sure that Jim will post on his blog (Daily Pooch Punt) about the events as well.

Back to Altavista, where Tommy Keeler of the Northern Virginia Daily was on hand to cover the match for the young Rams squad. There aren't too many people that I have complete faith in when it comes to writing a gamer but TK is the man. You can check his work out at here in a few hours. With the gamer covered I went in search of other angles to shine a light on an impressive VB match.

Took some pictures of the gym and of the celebrating Strasburg fans after the victory and deceided to follow the day through three sets of eyes. One from each category - Strasburg's principal, TK from the NVD and the young ladies of the VB team. Let's get started by telling you just where Altavista is located - 25 miles south of Lynchburg on US-Highway 29.
TK : TK covered the 5 setter that Millbrook played at home last night and was figuring to be traveling with the Lady Pioneers tonight over to Loudon County. Plans changed when Millbrook came up on the short end of a 3-2 thriller to Fluvanna County. With Millbrook finished for the season TK is now free to make the loop down to Altavista.
The day starts around 3:00 P.M. when TK leaves the office of the NVD in downtown Strasburg. The match is slated to begin at 7:00 P.M. and you have to allow a minimum of 3 hours for the drive down. Start out by taking I-81 77 miles South, head across I-64 east until you get to the snake portion of your drive.

A zig here and a zag there until Va-6 dumps you out onto US-29 South. You never thought 4-lane Highway could look so good. TK doesn't stop for lunch/dinner and opts instead to grap a Hot Dog during the pre-game activites.

7:00 P.M. - The line ups are introduced and we are ready to play VB. Strasburg opens with a hard fought Game 1 victory and it looks like the Colonels came to play.

8:35 P.M. - Cell phone rings with the call coming from Fishersville. Mr. Sacco gives us the word that Wilson Memorial just defeated Nelson County 3-1 and I inform him that it is 2-1 Strasburg and 14-13 in game 4.

Altavista captures game 4 and now we are heading to game 5 and the clock is ticking. The Colonels jump out to a commanding 13-8 lead and Strasburg is just two points away from having their amazing season come to an end. Last year I made reference to Katie Baker pulling a Michael Jordan (level of performance) in the Finals last year in Richmond, well if that was true than Jenna Smoot pulled a Katie Baker.

Smoot took charge of the match and didn't rest until the 17-15 final game was in the books.

The fifth and final game of the match ends at 9:06 P.M., two hours and 24 minutes before deadline for Sports Editor Chuck McGill back at the office. TK has to run through 3 interviews before heading out in search of the Internet. Quick visits with Head Coach Suzanne Mathias as well as players Jenna Smoot and Bethany Doman. Time is not on TK's side after the match lasted 2 hours and 06 minutes but there would be no story without some quotes from the key players in the drama.

10:41 P.M - TK hits the send button from the Kinko's located in Downtown Lynchburg and now it is up to Chuck to work his magic. Quick update from Chuck - Western Albemarle defeated Sherando in five games to leave Strasburg as the lone VB team remaining in the NVD coverage area. Double time pressure as Kinko's closes at 11:00 P.M. !

10:48 P.M. - TK heads out the door of Kinko's and estimates he will pull back in to the office around 1:30 A.M. All in a days work...

"It's not a bad gig to have, getting to cover back to back five game matches," Keeler said. "If you are covering volleyball, you could not have asked for two more exciting matches."

Speaking of time pressure - it is 10:57 P.M. and they want to lock the door...

More to come later - Congrats to WMHS and Strasburg - counting the hours until Saturday night (44- in case you were wondering )

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Funny thing happened on the road to Charlotte Court House (Region B Volleyball)


After getting all prepared for a Thursday afternoon trip down and over to Charlotte Court House for the Semi-Final match between visiting Strasburg and host Randolph-Henry, I discovered there had been a change in plans.
Altavista would prove to be not only the sole District Runner-Up to win a game but the Colonels actually upset the James River District Champions (R-H). Luray played Strasburg tough, Goochland gave its best at Nelson County and Rapp served at game point at Wilson (Game 2) but all three matches ended at 3-0.
Altavista now returns to the point of Region B play where they were elimanated last year. Playing on the road at Rapp, the Lady Colonels jumped out to an early lead but could not keep the Lady Panthers from moving on. This time they will try it again without the long bus ride before the match when they host Strasburg at 7:00 P.M. on Thursday.
The second semi-final match will take place at Wilson Memorial on Thursday. The Lady Green Hornets will host the Govenors of Nelson County in a contest between two schools located just 40 miles apart. The winner of this match will host the Region B Championship as well as earn a ticket to the State Tournament.

MLB Gold Glove Time : Maddux earns 18TH Rawlings Award !

Greg Maddux made it 18 Gold Gloves in 19 years after splitting time between San Diego and Los Angles. Really neat part of the Award was seeing the highlight spot on ESPN- the play they showed came from the game Maddux pitched in D.C. against the Nats.

Maddux fielded a ground ball with a runner on third base and faked a throw to first before spinning around and firing a throw to third base and catching the runner off the bag. Chris and I were there to see that one and I told him after the play that is why he has 17 Gold Gloves...

Early reports from his Agent says that Greg is leaning toward retiring vs. coming back for 1 more season. I can only hope that isn't the case- need 1 more season...
Photo - Taken from the above mentioned game...

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Third time is a charm : Not since Tom Hanks filmed Castaway has Wilson and Volleyball went so well together!

FISHERSVILLE - Rappahannock County made the trip down to Fishersville for the Opening round of the Region B tournament Tuesday night and they were welcomed by a focused group of Lady Green Hornets. There are seven seniors on the Wilson Memorial roster and they know this will be their final run on the Road to Richmond.
Rapp tested the home team during the second and third games of Wilson's 3-0 (25-17, 29-27, 25-23) sweep but each time WM needed a crucial point they answered the call.
"They didn't get down on themselves tonight," said Head Coach Kim Claytor. "When the came in to the locker room they were excited about getting it done in 3 games. They know what it means to get it done in three."

Both newspapers from the Staunton-Waynesboro area were in the gym and you can check out their gamers at and . One of the pics included shows News-Leader's Ron Hartlaub interviewing WM's Christine Coffield and Kala Guy.

RCHS went on a 5-0 run late in game two that turned a 24-20 deficit into a 25-24 lead and the Lady Panthers were serving to even the match at 1-1. WMHS turned it around with a kill from Guy, a dink from Noel Bartley and an Ace from Coffield, a point that was not lost on Claytor.

"They stepped up and did it as a team, with everyone playing a part," Claytor added. "We weren't hesitant when it came to hitting the ball and the one constant is how much we want this."

Rapp came back in game 3 and took the lead at 13-9 and then again at 16-13 but each time they allowed the Lady Hornets to rally back. The banner hanging from the rafters states the last time that Wilson captured the Regional Crown was back in 2001 but now the team knows that it will be at home throughout the tournament as long as they continue to advance.

The next round will be the Semi-Finals with Wilson Memorial hosting the winner of the Goochland @ Nelson County match.

Congrats to the Lady Panthers on a wonderful season and to the Lady Green Hornets for continuing down the Road to Richmond.

there is coach of the year, then there is COACH OF THE YEAR

STRASBURG- Last Saturday night, after the 2008 Bull Run Tournament Championship was added to the regular season title, Suzanne Mathias collected her third straight BR Coach of the Year award.

At first thought this wasn't really big news to those in the Volleyball circle but when you stop and take a closer look...

Yes - the Rams did go 28-0 last year and claim the Class A State Championship last year. But sometimes people forget that this is High School, not the University of Texas football program. When Vince Young left Austin following his Rose Bowl victory, Mack Brown had his choice of ANY High School Quarterback in the country to come in and run his offense. There is a big difference between replacing College athletes and re-tooling your Class A Volleyball roster.

Katie Baker and Kaitlin Smoot are now playing their VB in college and five other Seniors left on Graduation Day last summer. Lyndsey Funkhouser, Cassidy Weitman, Kayln Warner, Britanee Hodson and Jo Owens all played a major roll in the Strasburg run last season. Seven seniors that would have to be replaced.

There was little doubt that the Rams would be competitive this season. Bethany Doman, Stephanie Conde and Jenna Smoot were returning as well as Rebecca Coffman and Shanna Devers. Five returning players out of 14, competitive for sure but Lights Out, don't think so.

Three years of hanging out with Suzanne has allowed me to understand a few things about just how much Coach cares about her players. All season during the run last year Coach wouldn't let her girls look past the next match. Interview after interview, the message was clear- one night at a time, one game at a time. The formula worked and 28-0 will stand the test of time.

Strasburg opened this season at 2-2 after falling to Class AA Sherando and Musselman (West Virginia). Coach didn't flinch, let alone panic as her message to the team was clear. You have to learn to trust each other on and off the floor and when you do, good things will happen.

The train began to pick up steam and the difference was very noticeable. Between Match #3 (3-1 win @ Page) and Match #6 (3-1 win @ Stonewall Jackson) was the first time I noticed the difference in the young team. The night at Page County showcased a team in search of confidence, especially after losing one game. Strasburg rebounded to win but there was some UN-easy moments.

12 nights later a different Ram team took the court at Stonewall Jackson. The match stood at 2-1 and the home team was mounting a rally but this time Strasburg had a different response. There was laughter coming from the Ram side of the net as they started Game 4. Not a disrespectful laughter but a we are going to be O.K laughter and they haven't looked back since.

The victory that night improved the Ram mark to 4-2 and it created a two game winning streak that now has reached 19 straight. Thursday night will have Strasburg heading South as they will travel to either Altavista or Randolph-Henry (Charlotte Court House) for their Regional B Semi-Final.

One more victory will earn Strasburg a second straight trip to the State Tournament. A defeat will end the remarkable season and it will all take place 3+ hours away from 250 Ram Drive.

Just like the TV commercials that say this isn't your Dad's (Buick or was it Cadillac)...
The 2008-2009 Rams are not the 2007-2008 Rams. They are NOT winning matches because last years team did...

They are their own team, with their own accomplishments. Junior Jacyln Ayers went from the JV squad to earning the Bull Run District Player of the Year, Conde is pounding the ball, Jenna Smoot has taken her game to another level and Doman has stepped into a leadership roll, all of these improvements have come under the guidance of the Strasburg coaching staff, assistant Jennifer Mason and Head Coach Suzanne Mathias.

COACH OF THE YEAR and a different group of special young ladies...
Picture - Tommy Keeler of the Northern Virginia Daily interviewing Strasburg Head Coach Suzanne Mathias.

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 !

Region B Volleyball : Road to Richmond - Strasburg 3, Luray 0


STRASBURG- Press Row was full for the Region B opener between visiting Luray and host Strasburg. From top to bottom:
Northern Virginia Daily reporter Tommy Keeler interviewing Head Coach Suzanne Mathias
Page News & Courier Sports Editor Bill Meade(Far Right)visiting with some Bulldog supporters
Shenandoah Valley Herald Sports Editor John Galle working the camera
NVD Camera Man Rich Cooley in search of art work for the Daily
Galle and the Camera Man for TV-3 Winchester...
Check out TK's gamer at early Tuesday morning...

More notes from Saturday Night in Strasburg

Future Leaders of the Strasburg Athletic Department !
The Cheer Squad captured the Region B Championship on Saturday

Book End Titles now hanging in the Gym

Shenandoah Valley Herald's John Galle interviewing Suzanne Mathias after the match.

Two of the stars from the 2007-2008 Bull Run Championship- Elena Kritter (Lynchburg College) & Katie Baker (Bridgewater College), were back for the match. Katie and the Lady Eagles defeated Mary Washington on Friday night to close out their regular season at 22-7.
Both of these young ladies will be back in action next week end down at the O.D.A.C tourney.

ODAC Volleyball : It's Tourney Time (Nov. 7 & 8) down at Hollins

Old Dominion Athletic Conference VB

Elena and her LC squad play at 4:00 P.M. Friday, Katie and the Lady Eagles open at 6:30 P.M.

The top 8 teams in the ODAC have advanced to the post season tournament with the action getting under way this Friday at 4:00 P.M. down in Roanoke (Hollins College).

Here is a quick look at the field and the opening matches-

4:00 P.M. Friday -
#1 Washington & Lee (25-6, 10-0) vs. #8 Guilford (6-22, 2-8)
#2 Randolph-Macon (23-8, 9-1) vs. #7 Lynchburg College (14-15,4-6)

6:30 P.M. Friday -
#4 Roanoke College (23-3,7-3) vs. #5 Bridgewater College (21-7,6-4)
#3 Virginia Wesleyan (22-10,7-3) vs. #7 Emory & Henry (20-6,6-4)
Play resumes at 11:00 A.M. Saturday for the Semi-Finals
#1/8 vs. #4/5 & #2/7 vs. #3/6
Finals are set for 3:30 P.M.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Region B Volleyball Playoffs : A Look inside the ROAD TO RICHMOND

8 teams have made the Region B Playoffs and the action is set to get under way on Monday night. All matches begin at 7:00 P.M.

Monday :
Luray (17-5) @ Strasburg (20-2)
Tuesday :
Rappahannock County (16-5) @ Wilson Memorial (18-3)
Altavista @ Randolph-Henry
Goochland @ Nelson County
Semi-Finals on Thursday
@ Altavista/ R-H winner
@Rapp / Wilson winner
FINALS : Saturday
Host team will come from the Goochland/Nelson/Rapp/Wilson side of bracket