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Volleyball Cruises into State Tournament

The Wildcats celebrate after the victory.
Photo courtesy of Rockbridge Athletics.
The Wildcats celebrate after the victory. Photo courtesy of Rockbridge Athletics.

Rockbridge hosted the Region 3C semifinals Nov. 2 as they welcomed the Spotswood Blazers. This was a key game hosted by Rockbridge in recent memory as the winner advanced to the Class 3 State Tournament.

The Wildcats had previously defeated the Blazers Oct. 25 to take home the Valley District title. The two teams are quite familiar as Spotswood is always a contender in the district. Rockbridge was 3-0 against the Blazers coming into the match from district matches.

Rockbridge jumped off to a quick start in the first set, forcing Spotswood to call an early timeout. Strong defense from senior libero Nala Shearer was a key in this first set victory. The Wildcats led from start to finish and closed out the first set with a 25-12 victory.

Feeding off the energy from the home crowd, Rockbridge continued to dominate in the second set. Senior outside hitter Sophie Vaught contributed a kill that forced Spotswood to call another timeout and they never responded. Rockbridge never looked back and concluded the second set with a 25-14 victory.

Senior outside hitter Sophia Perlozzo spoke about how the team responds in big moments.

“Our connection was stronger than it has been all season because we were all focussed on the same goal of advancing,” said Perlozzo.

She continued to discuss the strong team dynamic.

“Our focus was on point and I have never been so proud to be a part of this team with this group of girls,” said Perlozzo.

With their season on the line, Spotswood took an early lead in the third set behind strong serve receive. The set was close throughout, with each team making play after play. Finally, the Wildcats pulled ahead to win 25-20.

This win guaranteed a State Tournament berth. The Wildcats are 27-1 and defeated Rustburg for the regional title Nov. 4. They will be hosting the state quarterfinals Nov. 11 against a to be determined opponent. 

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Sean Martino, Opinion Editor
Sean Martino is a senior editor in his second year of Journalism. Martino has been a Sports Editor in the past and is now an Opinion Editor. He is looking forward to working with the wonderful Prowler staff for the second year in a row. He enjoys the collaboration and the excitement that comes with being in The Prowler. Martino is a member of the RCHS baseball team and is involved in various other clubs within the school. He likes to spend his free time traveling the hills of Rockbridge County and supporting local eateries such as Don Tequila’s and Cookout. He also considers himself a passionate sports fan, and loves to watch his favorite teams. Following graduation, he is planning to attend a four year university to further his studies. 

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