2021.09.14 Volleyball: Loudoun Valley @ Loudoun County

Leesburg, VA (September 14, 2021) - One thing you can count on around here is Loudoun County Captains Volleyball. The storied program pretty much owns the top spot in the Dulles District, the region, and states. But lately, the Loudoun Valley Vikings have been right there with them. Both teams entered this match with just one loss, and while it is too early to tell where things will end up, this matchup would give a good indicator.

Chas Sumser Photography was there to capture the action and emotion and posted a gallery of images from the game.

Although virtually everyone in the gym was masked, it was still remarkable to see a big crowd in a small space after a year of empty arenas. The Jungle travelled well, the Captain's Crew was in mid-season form, and the volume from the stands matched the intensity on the court.

And the first set belonged to Loudoun County. Forcing Valley timeouts at 10-5 and 16-7, the Captains played virtually mistake-free volleyball. With plenty of height across the front, the home team made it virtually impossible for the visiting Vikings to mount an attack, winning the first set, 25-15.

The second set went better for Loudoun Valley. In fact, the tables were completely turned when the Captains were forced into a timeout trailing 11-6. But that break did the trick, and suddenly it was 25-17, another set win for Loudoun County. 

To the Vikings' credit, they played a hustling, scrambling, never-give up style that will serve them well against just about any other opponent. But Loudoun County had an answer for every Valley surge and killed even the slightest bit of Valley confidence.

After taking an early third set lead, 4-1, Loudoun Valley could not sustain the momentum and was soon down 15-8 with Loudoun County on a service run that wiped out any chance the Vikings had for a comeback. The Captains went on to win, 25-15, and took the match in straight sets.

Final Score: Loudoun County 3 - Loudoun Valley 0

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