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Oakcrest volleyball wins PVAC title

In the second year of its volleyball program, the Oakcrest School of McLean won the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference (PVAC) AA Division with a dramatic win over rival Sandy Spring Friends School last Thursday at the Washington International School.

In its first match of the season, Oakcrest was shut out, 3-0, by Sandy Spring, but the Chargers rebounded to win their next five league matches. In early October, Oakcrest returned to Sandy Spring for a rematch, and after losing the first two games, the Chargers regrouped and staged a comeback. Behind the play of senior Tori Jensen, Oakcrest won the match 3 games to 2. Jensen scored 13 of the 15 points needed to win the decisive fifth game.

Sandy Spring Friends and Oakcrest both finished the season 11-1 in the AA Division of the PVAC and were named regular season co-champions. Due to a tie-breaker, Oakcrest was seeded second in the tournament. After sweeping Barrie School in the quarterfinals, the Chargers defeated Queen Anne School 3-0 in their semifinal match to reach the championship.

In the final, Oakcrest spotted Sandy Spring the first game, losing 24-26. But the Chargers came back and ran off the next three games to win the match 3-1. Jensen led the way with 7 aces, 28 kills, and 8 blocks on numerous sets by freshman setter Jackie Herrick. For her efforts, Jensen was named Tournament MVP. Junior Haley Featherstone made 43 passes and in the second game, freshman outside hitter Janey North strung together 7 straight service wins.

Oakcrest finished its first PVAC season with a 15-1 record while Sandy Spring finished the year 17-3.

In only her second year as head coach, Maggie O’Connor put together a team made up of three experienced players who had played in winter leagues in the Washington area, along with a number of newcomers who had little volleyball experience.

“A championship win is a huge accomplishment for any team," O'Connor said. "The fact that this is our first year in the league just makes it that much sweeter."

Jensen and Herrick were selected to the PVAC 1st Team All Conference and Featherstone was named to the second team all-conference. Jensen was also voted player of the year in the AA Division. A 6-foot-4 middle blocker, Jensen led the league in kills, blocks and service wins.

By Matt Brooks  |  November 6, 2009; 4:26 PM ET
Categories:  Volleyball  
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