SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — Glenvar and Auburn earned repeat crowns in Class 2 and Class 1 state volleyball respectively while Hidden Valley fell one win shy of completing a perfect season in Class 3.
Led by a senior-heavy roster, the Highlanders swept East Rockingham to win back-to-back Class 2 championships. Glenvar finishes the year with a perfect 25-0 record.
“We knew that we weren’t going to be perfect but the best part is that if I make a mistake, someone else is going to pick me up and that’s the same way for all of us,” Glenvar senior middle hitter Cara Butler said. “If someone makes a mistake the next person is going to pick them up and that’s what helped us get through each and every game.”
Highlanders senior middle hitter Sydney Loder added: “It was going in there mentally knowing what we needed to do and then just accomplishing it with what we’ve learned. How we’ve grown together. It was a lot of practice, understanding what we were going into each game and just trusting ourselves, trusting our teammates and our training.”
Auburn completed a four-peat after defeating Rappahannock County in four sets in the Class 1 final.
“This season has not gone without its bumps. I mean we’ve definitely have. We have eight losses,” Auburn head coach Sherry Millirons said. “To me this one was very hard fought and for them to start where we did and then end like this, it’s pretty special.”
The win was extra special to the Eagles’ seniors, who’ve won a state championship each season.
“We’re all seniors so this was our last chance and we’ve been there before. We wanted to end on a good note again,” senior middle hitter Avery Zuckerwar said. “I don’t really feel pressure to win again but I want to be the one that carries on the tradition and keep that going.”
Hidden Valley’s bid for a perfect season ended after letting a two set lead slip away to York in the Class 3 championship.
“Undefeated is just a hard thing to maintain. York picked up their game at the end and we didn’t,” Hidden Valley head coach Carla Ponn said. “I think we overachieved if you really think about it. I mean we lost six seniors that were pretty dominant and we had to fill some big shoes. Throughout the season we did that. I am proud of the girls. I really am. We’ve worked very hard. They’ve bought into what I’m selling and they work hard every single day up until the last moment.”
The Titans finish the year with a 30-1 record.