2021.10.28 Volleyball: Dulles District Championship

Leesburg, VA (October 28, 2021) - The Loudoun County Captains hosting the district final is not unusual. In fact, it's expected. Every year. On the other hand, the Dominion Titans presence in the game was less expected. Their season had been strong, and their semifinal win over Loudoun Valley was a tremendous victory if not a bit of an upset.

The Titans definitely had some momentum they could build on, but they had already fallen to County twice in the regular season, and perennial champions are hard to beat.

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

In the first set, Dominion showed that they were right where they were supposed to be. Forcing Loudoun County to call the first timeout of the match, the Titans had an early 10-9 advantage and had thwarted the powerful Captains attack to that point. But the timeout worked and County went on to take the first set, 25-17. Loudoun County was not completely dominant, but they were definitely in control.

The second set had a similar arc with the Titans inspired by the full time return of injured leader Charlotte Cottrell. Dominion's strategy of solid defense and smart placement over a power game kept them in the set early. But Delaney Brosnan went on a serving run that closed out the set for County and gave them a 2-0 lead. 

The third set was just like the first two. Dominion was able to stay close early, but gradually the Captains took over. The Titans had their biggest lead of the night, 7-3, but senior Sarah Jordan led the way for County with big time kills when her team needed them most. After the Captains tied the score at 10-10, Dominion would never lead again.

While Loudoun County was challenged by the determined Titans, they definitely earned the district championship title. Perhaps most Impressively, Loudoun County was able to regroup and overcome a devastating second set knee injury to Mairenn Blest. If she is not able to return, filling in for her absence will be critical to the Captains' continued success.

Final Score: Loudoun County 3 - Dominion 0

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