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'Next Girl Up' Mentality Keeps Northwest Volleyball Unbeaten

When the defending state high school champions, in any sport, go undefeated through almost two-thirds of the following season, folks are not surprised. Good teams play well.

But, when you take a look at the roster of that team, and you see that the Lady Jags lost nine players from that championship team to graduation. Leaving just four returning players for the Lady Jags. Two seniors — one of which has been out with a knee injury since August, and the other is a transfer to the program, and they still haven’t lost a set all season it makes the eyes widen with surprise a bit.

On Monday, the Lady Jags hosted their annual Think Pink game versus Quince Orchard. The team raised $1,000 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and improved their season-long record to 9-0 and have not lost a single set all season.

The Lady Cougars came into Northwest winning 12 of their last 13 games, and only dropping two sets all season. On paper, Monday’s game was not supposed to be a 3-0 win for Northwest, especially when you consider that the Lady Jags were playing without three starters due to illness. The Lady Jags were in a perfect spot to suffer their first loss since Nov. 17, 2014 when they fell to Severna Park in the State Finals game two seasons ago.

But that didn’t happen. The Lady Jags beat Quince Orchard 3-0 lead by sophomore captain, and last year’s MoCo Player of the Year Jenaisya Moore, along with sophomore libero Rachael Bennett, and junior setter Janice Jefferies. “We ar