Despite its youth, the Flint Hill volleyball team continued to prove a formidable opponent as it swept through its own tournament to take the title.
The Huskies defeated three teams — Norfolk Academy (25-10, 25-17), Fredericksburg Christian (25-12, 25-23) and Middleburg Academy (25-9,25-20) — with 2-0 wins before moving on to the semifinals against Liberty Christian.
After squeaking out a 2-1 (25-23,23-25,16-14) win over Liberty Christian, the Huskies faced Holy Cross in the finals.
The Huskies had to battle in the final match, as the Crusaders took the first set 26-24 — the Huskies' second dropped set of the tournament. The Huskies fought back, winning the second match by the same margin. In the third set, the Huskies defeated the Crusaders 15-10.
"They showed a sense of resiliency and determination," Coach Carrol Anderson said. "I am so proud of them."
Sophomore Ally Ford, the tournament's MVP, totaled 54 kills in the tournament, while senior Haley McClure, junior Erica Narel and sophomore Michelle Abt added 26, 24 and 13 kills, respectively. Sophomore Allie Fellows tallied 66 assists, and Gracie Anderson led in digs with 42.
The eighth annual Flint Hill Invitational featured eight teams from private schools in Virginia and Maryland.
Undefeated in the tournament, the Huskies earned the title for the fifth time and its first since 2010 when they went on to win the state title.
Tournament Champion: Flint Hill School
Tournament Runner-up: Holy Cross
Tournament MVP: Ally Ford
- Erica Narel, Flint Hill School
- Haley McClure, Flint Hill School
- Taylor Gallart, Holy Cross
- Kelly Miller, Holy Cross
- Jennifer Garrett, Liberty Christian
- Griffin Adams, Norfolk Academy
This article has been corrected to show the Huskies lost two sets in the Flint Hill Invitational.