Knights make quick work of Trojans

Knights make quick work of Trojans

LEROY — Maddy Hopkins admits there is some pressure that comes with being a member of the Blue Ridge volleyball team, and it's understandable to see why the senior might feel that way.

The three-year starter, who also logged varsity time as a freshman, and her teammates are used to big success as a small-school program.

"There was such, I guess pressure, to get the win," Hopkins said. "All through school everybody's like, 'Oh, regional championship, no big deal. They'll get it.'"

The second-seeded Knights did what was expected of them by defeating third-seeded Armstrong-Potomac 25-11, 25-19 on Thursday night in the Class 1A LeRoy Regional championship match to claim the program's fifth consecutive regional title.

"We want to sustain (this success) as long as possible," Knights coach Evan Miles said. "Every year that's the expectation. You don't want to be the class that doesn't reach that pinnacle moment of achieving at least a regional title."

Hopkins led the way for the Knights (25-9) with Avery Fisher (19 assists, three aces) setting her up. Hopkins racked up 12 kills, including a powerful hit to put an exclamation mark on the first set. Not much went right for A-P in an error-filled first set riddled with miscommunication, and that ended up being the club's undoing in the second game.

After battling back to take a 17-14 lead, the Trojans committed four errors in a row which allowed Blue Ridge to surge to an 18-17 advantage.

The Trojans (19-14), whose season ended against Blue Ridge for the second straight year, are still searching for their first regional title since 1999. They were led by Sarah Porter (three kills, four blocks, 11 digs) and Jenna Muench (six kills).

"When we played well, we were fun to watch, and I think we could compete with a lot of teams. Consistency was an issue," A-P coach Candy Franzen said. "One thing I said in the postgame huddle is, 'Seniors you're going to be greatly missed, but this is the second time we've met (Blue Ridge). Maybe third time will be the charm.'"