Wildcats Capture District Title

The team celebrates with the district trophy. Photo taken by Stephanie Blevins.

The team celebrates with the district trophy. Photo courtesy of Rockbridge Athletics

Sean Martino, Assistant Sports Editor

The Rockbridge County Volleyball team traveled to Spotswood High School for the Valley District Championship match Oct. 27. This was expected to be a closely contested game because the two teams split their two regular season matchups.

The Wildcats dropped the first set 22-25. Then, they rallied to win the next two sets before dropping the fourth set. This set up a winner-take-all fifth set.

The fifth set was a back and forth affair that saw both teams take the lead. The Wildcats ended up with a 15-13 win in the fifth set. Junior outside hitter Sophie Vaught had the final kill to secure the win. This sent the Rockbridge fans into a frenzy, while leaving the Blazers shocked.

Senior setter Jaden McCoy played a key role in the match.

“We were very motivated throughout the match. It felt great to win such a big game in front of a rowdy crowd.”

This win put an exclamation mark on a successful regular season that saw the Wildcats finish with a 19-5 record. They also continued their dominance of the Valley District, claiming their fifth district title in a row.

The Wildcats look forward to the start of the Region 3C Tournament. Their first round game will be at Spotswood Nov.1.