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Volleyball: State quarterfinal results

All three area teams still standing won their quarterfinal matchups to advance to the state semifinals in Richmond this weekend. Loudoun Valley and Loudoun County both scored big victories at home to get one step closer to the state championship.

AAA

Loudoun Valley def. Langley 21-25, 25-16, 25-17, 25-20
After committing six service errors in a very tight first set, the Northwest Region champion Vikings (21-5) picked up their play in the second and rode the wave of momentum and a raucous home crowd to the program's first state semifinals since 2004. Senior middle hitter Lindsey Phipps led the way with 13 kills - including four of the team's final nine points of the match - and 4 blocks and senior outside hitter Morgan Clark added 9 kills and 3 blocks. Senior setter Nicole Bennett had 30 assists, 2 kills and 2 blocks and accounted for the final point with a deftly placed dump in the back right corner.

Kathryn Caine (10 kills, 2 blocks), Olivia Justus (8 kills) and Nikki Hero (24 assists, 3 kills, 2 blocks) paced the Saxons (16-12) whose spirited postseason run came to an end just short of the state semifinals. Langley had notched wins over two district champions - Hayfield and Robinson - en route to the Northern Region final, but just as they did in that match, the Saxons fell behind big to start the second and third games and didn't have quite enough firepower to dig themselves out of those holes.

Loudoun Valley's next challenge will come in the form of Mills Godwin, which outlasted Princess Anne, at 8 p.m. on Thursday at VCU's Siegel Center.

Mills Godwin def. Princess Anne 25-22, 23-25, 17-25, 25-18, 15-12
Read a full recap of this match from the Richmond Times Dispatch here.

South County def. Albemarle 25-17, 25-19, 25-15
The Stallions just keep getting better and are peaking at the perfect time. With a straight sets victory over the defending state champs, South County (24-3) has reeled off 14 straight wins and is a serious threat to take home its first state title in Richmond this weekend. The Stallions will face the winner Cox, a 3-1 winner over Deep Run, in the first semifinal on Thursday at 6 p.m.

Frank Cox def. Deep Run 23-25, 25-8, 25-12, 25-20
Check out the Richmond Times-Dispatch recap of this match here.

Semifinal matchups
Frank W. Cox (Eastern Region champion) vs. South County (Northern Region champion), 6 p.m.
Mills Godwin/Princess Anne vs. Loudoun Valley (Northwest Region champion), 8 p.m.

AA

Loudoun County def. Lafayette 25-16, 25-16, 25-18
The Raiders (23-3) moved one step closer to a third consecutive AA state tile with a sweep of Lafayette in Leesburg. They'll host Cave Spring, which swept Lord Botetourt, in a 4 p.m. semifinal Friday at VCU. Undefeated Grafton, which knocked of Western Albemarle, will take on E.C. Glass, a three-set winner over Hidden Valley, in the other semifinal at 6 p.m. Cave Spring was the last team to defeat Loudoun County in state tournament play, beating the Raiders in the 2006 state title game. Loudoun County has won each of the last two state titles.

Grafton def. Western Albemarle 25-20, 25-10, 21-25, 25-22
The Clippers managed to stay undefeated on the season with a four-set win. Read a full write up here.

Semifinal matchups
Cave Spring (Region IV champion) vs. Loudoun County (Region II champion), 4 p.m.
E.C. Glass (Region III champion) vs. Grafton (Region I champion), 6 p.m.

Leading the Raiders against Lafayette:
Juliane Hanna 14 kills, 10 digs, 5 blocks, 11 service points, 5 aces
Jenna Strange 7 kills, 5 blocks, 3 digs, 4 aces
Robin Marsala 31 assists, 9 digs, 5 services points, 1 block
Molly Baldwin 7 kills, 4 blocks
Erin Dancy 5 kills, 4 digs
Emily Vandegrift 3 kills, 3 digs, 1 assist
Gabby Serafin 21 digs, 1 service point
Kathleen Horvath 7 digs, 10 service points, 1 ace
Hannah Arnold 8 digs, 7 service points, 1 assist

By Matt Brooks  |  November 17, 2009; 11:24 PM ET
Categories:  Langley , Loudoun County High School , Loudoun Valley High School , South County , VHSL , Volleyball  
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