With the series tied at 1-1 – and both teams sitting at 11-1 in the Dulles District – Leesburg rivals Heritage and Loudoun County met at neutral Tuscarora High School on October 27 to decide the regular season Dulles District champion. After winning a pair of competitive sets to start the match, the Lady Raiders dominated the third set to run away with the regular season title (25-21, 25-20, 25-13), earning a first round bye in the Dulles District tournament and an automatic berth to the VHSL Region 4C tournament in the process.
“It’s a rivalry based in respect. You don’t build rivalries with teams you can put away every time,” Loudoun County head coach John Senchak said. “They’re a great challenge, they have great athletes and they’re a solid team. Their defense is absolutely relentless. The pipeline of volleyball talent in Leesburg is strong.
The evenly matched first set favored Loudoun County early. The Lady Raiders jumped out a 4-0 start, but the Pride started to chip away point by point. Down 20-16, Heritage took a timeout before rallying off five of the next six points to even things out at 21-21.
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