"It was great to end our season with a game that showcased how much we learned over the season," Rosenbaum said. "We had a complete effort by the offense, midfield and the defense and it showed how well we worked together as a team."
Centennial had an excellent season, finishing 9-4 in the league and winning an out-of-county match against Arundel.
"All of my players contributed in an unique way throughout the season. They all did whatever was needed for the team to be successful. Sometimes that meant some of them played a different position or as a team they had to learn a different lineup depending on who our competition was that week and what the team needed," coach Erika Swan said.
Serving was a strength for the Eagles, who served 92 percent as a team with more than 135 aces. The team also racked up 175 kills and had a serve receive average above 1.80.
In the first match of the season at Howard, Centennial's middle hitter was unable to play due to illness. When Swan walked into the gym, her players had already come together to devise an alternate lineup.
"I thought this spoke highly of them, as a team, because not many girls at that age will collaborate to come up with an alternative line up 15 minutes before game time," said Swan, whose team lost the match 15-13 in the last set. "The team played united the entire time in a lineup they had never practiced before."
In its win over Arundel, Centennial trailed 8-2 in the last set before coming back to win 15-12.
"Statistics show that the team that's first to eight in the third (or fifth set) will win the match 85 percent of the time," Swan said. "I was very proud of my girls to be a part of the 15 percent."
Howard was a powerhouse this year, finishing 11-2 in the county and starting the season with a non-league win over St. John's. The team was led defensively by sophomore libero Valerie Greisman (sophomore) and offensively by setter Julia McKenna and outside hitter Sarah Sweet, both freshmen.
"The team worked hard over the season to improve skills, communication and play highly competitive volleyball," coach Allison Ose said.
Mt. Hebron had a very exciting and dominant season, finishing 14-0, with several competitive matches in the county. In the second set against Reservoir, the Vikings trailed 19-13 but came back for a hard-fought win, 32-30, behind clutch serving by Rylee Kinsella and a final kill by Gabby Green. The match against Howard featured many long, intense rallies, but strong defense and superb passing by libero Ashley Chibb and defensive specialists Shelby Fitcher, Emily Taylor and Maya Takashima gave the Vikings the edge on offense, leading to a 22-25, 25-11, 15-13 win.
In a well played match against Centennial, the Vikings came back to win, 28-26, in the second set on Taylor's ace that hit the back line. In the last match of the fall, Mt. Hebron traveled to Marriotts Ridge and came back to close out the season with a win after dropping the first set.
Setters Carly Smith (110 assists) and Amanda Ross (120) joined forces to set a balanced offense, led by middles Peyton LeConte (75 kills) and Gabby Green (57), and hitters Elayna Williams (60), Rachel Veslany (30), Carly Smith (22), Rylee Kinsella (13) and Sarah Marcelli (5). LeConte and Green also combined for 33 point blocks.
The Vikings defense was led by Chibb (56 digs), Takashima (33), Taylor (32) and Fichter (18), who also contributed consistent passing on serve receive and developed strong back row attacks. From the service line, the team was led by Ross (93 percent, 54 aces) and Smith (92 percent, 40).
"This is a sweet and fun group of girls who are very talented and enthusiastic players," said coach Susan Wiggs. "They are a dream team."
It was a strong season for Reservoir, which was 9-4 in the league with a non-county win over Archbishop Spalding to start the season. Sophomore Janet Jassi was presented with the team spirit award for always bringing her squad together. Freshman Amaka Chukwujekwu is well on her way to developing into an excellent varsity middle hitter, according to coach Emma Dawe.
"She will bring so much to the Reservoir program," Dawe said.
Freshman setter Katie Dorn was quick and showed great court awareness, while freshman Brooke Saunderson showed a lot of power and all-around skills.
"Throughout the season the girls fought hard as a team and pulled out some big wins," Dawe said. "We are excited to see what these girls will bring to the Reservoir program."