From the service line, Webster often set the tone for a game, once rattling off eight straight points.

Sophomore outside hitters Katherine Sudbrook and Allison Holland were a force to be reckoned with for Howard.

"They are extremely versatile and play the game with so much intensity; they never take a point off," Dawe said. "They are both leaders and know how to pick up the team when they are down."

Freshman Jahaira Ipanaque emerged this fall as an outstanding defensive player.


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"Jahaira is quick and gets to every ball. She really kept our back row together this year," Dawe said.

Dawe added that sweeping Centennial in two sets was a season highlight for the Lions.

"The girls went into that game expecting to win and that's what they did. They worked for every point and kept up their intensity all game," she said. "This was an amazing team. We had so much versatility out of each player. They worked together in every way a team wishes they could. They went into every game expecting to win and kept pushing until they did. They had fun together and that's what made the season fun and exciting."

Mt. Hebron (7-6 county, 8-6 overall) found itself right in the thick of things this season, being evenly matched with most of its opposition. Most matches were closely contested and many went to three sets. Especially memorable was the final match against a strong Oakland Mills team, with both sides rallying to exchange leads, and Mt Hebron eventually winning 26-24, 24-26, 15-12.

Freshmen Camryn Case (six aces), Joselyn Markas (three aces) and Cheryl Dombrowski (three aces); and sophomores Mary Arsenault (20 aces), Elyse Smith (13 aces) and Tori Ketner (28 aces) all served at 90 percent or higher, making serving a team strength for the Vikings.

The Vikings' offense was led by a pair of dominant middle hitters: Rachel Neal (17 aces, 46 kills and 14 point blocks) and Reagan Huber (15 aces and 23 kills). Outside hitters Aaliyah Montague-Bass and Kathryn Diaz combined for another 24 kills. Defensively, Mt. Hebron was anchored by the trio of Lidia Di Pilato (12 digs), Amanda Hough (31 digs) and libero Saisreekavya Rhallibandi (48 digs). Elyse Smith and Tori Ketner were talented enough to be effective at multiple positions on the court, combining for 30 kills, 31 digs and 100 assists.

"It was a very fun season and what a great pleasure to work with these wonderful girls," said Mt. Hebron coach Susan E. Wiggs.

Oakland Mills was 4-9 this season, and 5-9 overall, including wins over strong Atholton and Howard teams.

Middle hitter Anna Conover, a sophomore captain, was strong at the net and was also excellent from the service line. In 134 attempts, she missed only three serves, for a 98 percent success rate.

Fellow sophomore captain Rachel Scott, an outside hitter, was one of the team's most well rounded players. A hitter with a knack for finding holes in opposing defenses, she also was one of the top blockers on the team with six point blocks.

Sophomore middle hitter Paulina Taniewski was the Scorpions strongest hitter, finishing with a team-high 45 kills and earning a promotion to varsity before the end of the regular season. Conover and Scott also got the call-up to varsity for Oakland Mills' playoff run.

Freshman setter Hannah Larsen led the team in aces, and had over 115 assists with only seven setting errors the entire season.

"This was an exciting season for us. The very first match we played was a home match against Marriotts Ridge, and our team showed a lot of fight. The entire gym was in a frenzy because the score kept tying up. We didn't take the win (we lost 17-19 in the third game), but I knew then that we were going to have a lot of fun this fall. And we did. My team played hard, enjoyed the sport, and turned a few heads with their playing. We had five wins this season, but even many of the matches we lost were fantastic games (five out of the nine we didn't win we lost by only two or three points). Most matches we played were nail biters, and that kept us wanting to play at our best. I had a great group of girls, and I was proud of how they played both in skill and attitude," coach Julie Heiliger said.

Reservoir's success on JV this season bodes well for the success of the varsity in future years, as the Gators finished the league season 12-2. Reservoir also easily swept Northern in the championship match of the Huntingtown JV Tournament, 21-13, 21-3, after watching Northern knock off Centennial in a hardfought semifinal battle. The Gators defeated Huntingtown and Patuxent to finish first in pool play of the tournament.

"After a slow start in the beginning of the day, the girls were really able to focus, both mentally and physically," coach Vadim Rubin said. "We were waiting anxiously to play an aggressive Northern JV volleyball team. We came into the game prepared for anything and the girls stormed the court with spirits high and the energy to match."

Hannah Pinion led Reservoir's high-powered offense with 3.3 kills a game and strong serving, causing disruption to many teams' offenses. Kendall Tayman led the defense and serve receive, averaging three digs per game, and was able to quickly run down balls. Paige Foley was the leader on the team as the setter and was able to create countless fantastic assists for her offense to work with.

River Hill finished its winning season with an overall record of 10-3.

"It was a great season of developing and maturing as volleyball players and teammates and each player achieved some successes and contributed to the winning season," coach Leire Moulier said. "I am very proud of my team this year. They worked really hard this season to be a competitive JV team, and they succeeded in growing as individual players but also building a solid team."

The Hawks' high powered offense was led by setter and captain Gabriella Paci, who finished with 195 assists. Fellow captain Hailey Brown led the team with 52 kills, while Keana Richards (50 kills) and Kerry Zhao (39 kills) weren't far behind. Richards led the team with 32 blocks, while Zhao (25), Paci (17), and Jennifer Kim (15) paced the team in service aces. Brown (90 digs), libero Hayley Lala (66 digs) and Zhao (47 digs) were the backbone of the Hawks' defense. Starter Tayor Laumann was also key to River Hill's success this fall.

After starting the season with a two-set loss to county powerhouse Mt. Hebron, River Hill rebounded to eventually defeat rival Reservoir in a third set tiebreaker, 22-25, 25-20, 15-10, to improve to 6-1.

That win was followed by a loss to Howard, but the Hawks once again rallied, defeating Marriotts Ridge in another hardfought three-set match, 25-18, 22-25, 16-14.

In their second to last match, River Hill avenged its season opening loss to Mt. Hebron.

"It was a true honor to have the opportunity to work with some of the most talented athletes I have ever worked with, and overall I am so proud of my girls for what they accomplished as a team this season," Moulier said.