The Highland Hawks advanced to the championship match of the Delaney Athletic Conference boys soccer tournament by beating Tandem Friends, 6-3, Monday in the semifinals at home in Warrenton.
The Hawks (13-3-1) will host the championship Tuesday against the winner of a Trinity Christian-Seton semifinals match.
Against Tandem, Hawks senior Eddie Campell scored three goals, while senior Evan Finley had two goals and two assists. Junior Ward Van de Water added one goal and one assist, while Rich Gerhardt had one assist.
“We played well in spurts in the first half,” Highland coach Reynolds Oare said. “The second half was much better with possession and intensity.”
Highland volleyball 3, Trinity Christian 2
The Highland Hawks picked a good time to end their four-match losing streak.
They beat Trinity Christian in the semifinals of the Delaney Athletic Conference volleyball tournament Monday on the road in Fairfax, 25-22, 5-25, 25-16, 21-25, 15-12.
The Hawks (11-9) advanced to play top-seeded Fredericksburg Christian in the championship match Friday. Ranked No. 6 in the latest VISAA Division II poll, Highland will also play in the state tournament next week.
The Hawks split their regular season meetings with Trinity Christian. They lost, 3-1, Sept. 16 and won, 3-0, Oct. 10, but Trinity played without its starting setter in the Hawks’ victory, Highland coach Gary Hicklin said.
“In tonight’s match, they had both their setter and strong outside hitter and we knew the competition would be tough,” Hicklin said. “We started off slow. … [But] we made some adjustments on serve/receive and on our offensive attack.”
In the fifth set, Highland took a 5-0 lead behind the serving of junior Miranda Shaw, but Trinity rebounded to take a 12-8 lead. After a Hawks timeout, junior Julia Granato reeled off seven consecutive service points to win.
Granato also finished with 10 kills, while junior Tanya Bopp had a team-high 13 and junior Ann Collins had seven. Shaw served at 92 percent and had four aces.
“Shaw did an excellent job of spreading the offense as setter,” Hicklin said.
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