The Volleyball Team’s Rise to State Semifinals

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The Volleyball Team’s Rise to State Semifinals

Blacksburg's Melody Scales, Sarah Boyle, Lydia Peton, and their Bruin teammates celebrate a hard fought point against Loudoun County.

Blacksburg's Melody Scales, Sarah Boyle, Lydia Peton, and their Bruin teammates celebrate a hard fought point against Loudoun County.

Photo by Jon Fleming

Blacksburg's Melody Scales, Sarah Boyle, Lydia Peton, and their Bruin teammates celebrate a hard fought point against Loudoun County.

Photo by Jon Fleming

Photo by Jon Fleming

Blacksburg's Melody Scales, Sarah Boyle, Lydia Peton, and their Bruin teammates celebrate a hard fought point against Loudoun County.

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The volleyball team was making its way to the state championship when it was suddenly stopped. In the playoffs, the girls played the best they had throughout their season. However, their opponent Loudoun County, beat them in the fifth game of the match.

During the season, the girls only lost a few games against Lord Botetourt, but that only pushed them harder to go to states. Even though they did not have a libero, they kept winning and exceeding everyone’s expectations. The girls kept beating every team they were put up against, and with each win, their confidence continued to grow. They got far in their journey and were heartbroken when they lost to Loudoun County in the Semifinals.

“We were pretty confident, pumped,  and ready to play. We thought we were really prepared because we lost to them last and we were ready for a rematch. But after the game,  it was hard because it was our last one,” said Amanda Lowe, sophomore.

In the semifinal game, the girls were playing the hardest they had ever played before.

“I was like, ‘Oh my God! We are gonna go to states; we are not losing this game.’ So when we lost, there were many heartaches; the team wanted it so badly. I can’t believe it was just over in a snap of it,” said Melody Scales, Senior.

The team believed that they were going to win, but when it was over, they were devastated. For weeks to come, the girls could not talk about the loss, particularly the Seniors. Even though they came short of their goal, the team is already preparing for next season.

“Of course it was disappointing. The coaches wanted to win just as much as us; they reminded us about how hard we worked in the season. They wanted us to use this as a lesson, especially for the underclassmen,” said Sarah Boyle, Senior.

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