Thursday, November 12, 2009

Next Stop for the Strasburg Express - Altavista on a Saturday Night

STRASBURG - Madison County was up 2-1 at Altavitsa Thursday night but the home team rallied back to win games four & five so Strasburg will make the trek down US-29 on Saturday night for the Region B Championship.
Strasburg (23-1) earned their third consecutive trip to the State Tournament at home tonight by sweeping the Governors of Nelson County 3-0 (25-21, 25-11 & 25-21). Bull Run District Player of the Year Jenna Smoot led the attack for Head Coach Suzanne Mathias with a rare double-double. The senior collected 10 kills and 10 blocks in one of her more dominating performances of the season.
Smoot hit the court running by collecting 3 kills and 1 block in the first 2 minutes of action as the Rams raced out to a 7-0 lead. Nelson County (19-6) would rally back throughout the opener and cut the lead to 22-19 on an Ace from Keona Loving. Strasburg closed out the first game 25-21 behind a back row kill from Ally Kaufman and a service point from Meghan Gum.
"Jenna played tonight like she has in the last two matches," Mathias said. "The momentum continued in to the match tonight and that allowed us to get out to a quick start."
Strasburg raced out to a big lead at the start of the second game at 13-4 and this time they would not allow the Govenors back into the contest. The Rams stayed aggressive until the final point and closed out the game with two kills from Jacyln Ayers and two blocks from Smoot. The 25-11 defeat and 0-2 hole would of been enough to crack most opponents but Nelson County answered the bell for Game 3.
NCHS took its only lead of the match at 3-2 in game 3 and tried to match points with Strasburg. The score was 11-8 when Smoot went on yet another tear by scoring two kills and a block inside of a minute to push the lead out to 15-9 but the Governors continued to battle back.
Strasburg led 19-12 when Stephanie Conde made the play of the night by stretching out to get her right arm on a 3 ball while running away from the net. The senior was able to not only track the ball down but send it to the back row and this allowed Smoot to blast a kill to finish the point. The noise in the gym resembled an airplane taking off after the play and the point pushed the lead to 20-12.
NVHS made one more push by scoring five straight points to pull within 20-17 and force Mathias to call a time out in an effort to settle her team down. The team traded points until the score was 23-21 and Mathias subbed Smoot back in one rotation early. Samantha St. Clair answered with a cross court kill and then Smoot closed out the match the same way she started it, by slamming a set to the gym floor.
"We came out tonight and played with a great deal of excitement and we were ready to go," Mathias added. "I told them before the match to have fun and enjoy their ride."
The match Saturday night will serve dual purposes in that the winner will be crowned Region B Champions and play their next game at home on Tuesday night. The team that comes up on the short end of the score board will take a road trip to the Eastern portion of the State in their next match. While punching their third straight ticket to States Mathias hopes that each team is treated individually.
"I want it to be about this team this season," Mathias noted. "It is their ride and I want them to be able to enjoy it."
Brian Eller was in the gym for the Northern Virginia Daily and you can check out his gamer Friday morning around 5:30 at

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

How tough ? Ram tough.

Bull Run Player of the Year - Ms. Jenna Smoot in action versus Stonewall Jackson Tuesday night.
Side Note- If you look out the window in the space between Jenna and Stephanie you will notice Jenna's father taking in the action.

Pics from the Inbox - More coverage from the Strasburg Express

I believe it was Cyndi Lauper that said "Girls Just wanta have fun" but it is in the pre-game pep talk that Coach Mathias gives her squad before every match- "Play Hard and Have Fun"
Here is the celebration after the Region B QF win over Stonewall Jackson. Next up is Nelson County on Thursday Night.
11 on 11 Volleyball

In the Land of Purple & White

Bull Run Tournament Champions Once Again !


Always happy to share photos that have been sent in to us and the ones above are a few from Saturday & Tuesday night!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Step 4 in the Books - Strasburg Express rolls on to Regional Semi-Final

Strasburg hosted Stonewall Jackson Tuesday night in a Region B Quarter-Final Volleyball match and it is safe to say that the Express is running right on time. The Rams (22-1) followed up their impressive Bull Run District Championship victory over Madison County with a 3-0 (25-12, 25-15 & 25-14) sweep of their county rival SJHS.

Next up for the Rams is a home match in the semi-finals versus Nelson County. The match is slated for a 7:00 start and the winner of that match locks in a spot in the State tournament. The Region B finals will be a road contest for Strasburg if they advance past Thursday night. Madison County will travel to Altavista for the other semi-final match on Thursday.
Stats from the match:
Jenna Smoot - 13 Kills, 3 Blocks
Stephanie Conde - 13 Kills
Jaclyn Ayers - 8 Kills
Lauran Agnew - 5 kills
Ally Kaufman - 5 Aces

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Waynesboro Little Giants Football - 2009 Season in the Books

For the past 3 months Chris Graham and myself have traveled with the Waynesboro Little Giants in order to provide Web Coverage of their High School Football season. The season ended this Friday night when WHS fell to Fort Defiance 25-13. While the team might not have put as many W's on the board as they would have liked the team never gave up and that was the case once more Friday night.
Trailing 25-0 late in the fourth quarter of their final game the Little Giants scored two touchdowns to trim the lead to 25-13. The clock ran out on Coach Issacs and his team but all ten weeks they were playing until the scoreboard read 0:00. The past 11 weeks/10 games have been something I will remember and I am grateful for the opportunity to show our support for the Waynesboro Little Giants!

Bridgewater College VB - Eagles fall in ODAC semi-finals

HOLLINS- The 2009 season came to an end Saturday morning for the Bridgewater College Lady Eagles Volleyball team. Former Strasburg Rams Katie Baker and Bethany Doman should return next season for more Old Dominion Athlethic Conference play as BC will once again look to build on a ODAC Final Four campaign.

To read more about their season you can click the link to the right and it will take you over to the Bridgewater College site. Congrats to both on another season of dedication and hard work for their school !

Step 3 of 9 - Strasburg captures Bull Run tournament

Strasburg captured the Bull Run tournament Saturday night with a 3-1 victory over Madison County. Both teams now move on to Region B play on Tuesday night. Here is a look at the brackets:


Madison County @ Riverheads

Stonewall Jackson @ Strasburg

Central-Lunenburg @ Altavista

Nelson County @ Randolph-Henry

Each Q-Final match is set to start at 7:00 P.M.