Moore Leads Jags as Northwest Wins Second Straight State Volleyball Title
For the third year in a row, the Lady Jags from Northwest played for the Maryland State 4A Volleyball Championship, and for the second year in a row, the Jags came home with the championship on Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Ritchie Coliseum at the University of Maryland.
The Lady Jags defeated Sherwood in three sets, thanks in large part to sophomore Jenaisya Moore whose 24 kills gave the Lady Warrior’s fits.
“They came out on fire, Jenaisya hit the ball like crazy tonight,” said Sherwood Head Coach Jacob Achten after the game.
Moore who was a standout player last season had averaged 5.4 kills per set but on Saturday in the Final, she earned 10 kills in the second set and 11 kills in the third set, including the championship winner. She also combined with fellow sophomore Rachael Bennett to lead the team with seven blocks apiece. Moore also had one ace while serving.
The Lady Jags came out on fire in the first game as senior Leilani Mayer made her presence known in her second straight appearance in the State Finals game. Mayer started the game with three straight kills and the Lady Jags never looked back. Sherwood would never lead in the match as Northwest powered their way to back-to-back championships. Mayer would finish the match with six kills and two block assists.
The Jags also got points off the serve as sophomore Nicole Reinikka earned four service aces from the back line, while junior setter Janiece Jefferies teed up 23 assists for Moore and Mayer.
Head Coach Stephanie Blake and her team knew that Sherwood would not be an easy game. It was Sherwood and their senior combination of Megan Wilson and Kaiya Heyliger-Powell who ended Northwest’s 31 game winning streak exactly one month before. The Warriors beat the Jags in five sets.