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Young Jags Volleyballers Look to Spike State Championship


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By Kevin O’Rourke

The Northwest volleyball team will be the only up-county team left standing at any division level as they begin their run toward a state championship on Wednesday night.

The Lady Jaguars posted a regular season record of 11-3, with loses to Poolesville, Damascus, and Gaithersburg, all of whom have been vanquished in their respective regional finals. Gaithersburg was defeated by the seniorless Northwest team.

Northwest went into the regional tournament seeded second and defeated the number three seeded Wootton Patriots in back to back wins. The Jags ended their season with a 3-0 victory over the Patriots and swept them in the first round of the 4A West Regionals earning the ability to avenge an earlier season loss to Gaithersburg in the second round.

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In September, Gaithersburg handed Northwest their first 0-3 loss and it stung the young Lady Jags. “We have made mistakes during the regular season, we learned from them, and fixed certain areas that needed fixing. We know what it is like to lose, and we know what it is like to play our best against a good team,” said Head Coach Stephanie Blake. “The girls knew what to expect going in to the game with Gaithersburg, they knew what we needed to do to win, and what Gaithersburg would be giving to us.”

“I am so proud of my team and where they have come from at the beginning of the season to now,” said Blake. “It would have been so easy for them to quit when we were faced with tough competition that had beat us earlier in the season. Instead of quitting and saying well this j