The Northwest Lady Jaguars volleyball team are the two-time defending Maryland State Champs, and they haven’t lost a game, much less a match this season. The Lady Jags are the only unbeaten volleyball team in the County, and 8-0 with six games remaining in the season.
While there are some teams in the County that have won more games at this point in the season, there are no other teams which haven’t lost.
On Thursday, the Jaguars defeated cross-town rivals from Seneca Valley in three straight games; 25-10, 25-8, and 25-10.
The Lady Jags have an experienced team with many players understanding what it takes to win a state title. The Jags return two players who have won the State Championship twice, seniors Dasha Kurochkina,
and Janice Jefferies They are joined by three seniors who made the run last year Hassti Hamidi, Mia Fennell, and Hannah Whitacre. However, Coach Stephanie Blake also returns five players who were on last year’s State Championship team in Jenaisya Moore, Rachael Bennett, Nicole Reinikka, Hana Rim, and Morgan Lowrey.
The Lady Jags have already defeated some of the best teams in the county, and not losing a game in the process. Northwest had beaten 12-2 Damascus back on September 19, and 11-3 Quince Orchard earlier this week on Oct. 3, both of those games were played on the road.
The champs may be in for a tough game on Tuesday, Oct. 10 as they will host the 11-2 Churchill Lady Bulldogs. Churchill has losses against B-CC and Holy Cross in the semi-finals of their own tournament back on September 16. The game is set for 6:30 pm at Northwest.
Top: The Lady Jags' Morgan Lowrey (17) spikes the ball past the block by Seneca Valley's Deborah Gnoumou (45).
Next: Seneca Valley's Deborah Gnoumou (45) sends the ball just past the Jaguars' Taylor Wright (12).
Next: Northwest's Natailya Chepurnova (11) spikes the ball past the Eagles' Deborah Gnoumou (45).
Next: Seneca Valley's Heather Aquino (16) returns a Northwest serve during the second game of Thursday’s match.
Photos by Kim Grimes for Germantown Pulse.