The Highland Hawks got their first win of the volleyball season Monday with a 3-1 victory over Wakefield Country Day at home in Warrenton – 25-20, 23-25, 25-11, 25-20.
The Hawks (1-1) opened the season Sept. 3 with a 3-0 loss to Paul VI Catholic on the road in Fairfax.
Against Wakefield, junior Julia Granato led Highland with 17 kills, while junior Tanya Bopp had 13. Plus, sophomore Sarah Thornhill went 20-for-21 from the service line with eight aces.
“I was pleased with their defensive play and the aggressive style from such a young team,” Hawks coach Gary Hicklin said of squad with only two seniors.
Hicklin specifically praised the defense of Granato and senior Shelby Thornhill.
Kettle Run field hockey 5, Liberty 0
The Kettle Run Cougars began Evergreen District play Monday with a 5-0 victory over the Liberty field hockey team on the road in Bealeton.
Kettle Run took the lead on a goal by Lauren Schlenker with 13 minutes, 27 seconds remaining in the first half, assisted by Addy Foudray. Then Morgan Rodgers gave the Cougars a 2-0 lead heading into halftime by scoring with 1:28 remaining.
In the second half, Schlenker scored again with an assist by Rodgers (27:04 remaining), Meredith Palmore assisted an Alexis Zuras goal (13:31) and Hannah Twomey completed the scoring (1:20).
Previously, the Cougars (2-1) lost to James Monroe, 12-1, Sept. 4 at home in Nokesville.
Liberty cross country at Fork Union Invitational
On Saturday, Danny Collins led the Liberty Eagles with a sixth-place finish in the Colonial boys cross country race at the Fork Union Invitational.
He ran the 3-mile course in 15 minutes, 57.14 seconds, while Adam Walker took 47th in 17:15.03 and Michael Fairfax placed 48th in 17:16.91.
In the Colonial girls race, Liberty’s Taylor Brown finished 17th in 19:20.85.
Highland boys soccer 4, Shenandoah Valley Christian 1
On Friday, the Highland Hawks opened the 2013 boys soccer season with a 4-1 victory over Shenandoah Valley Christian at home in Warrenton.
Senior Evan Finley scored with an assist by senior Eddie Campell, while junior Ward Van de Water scored on a penalty kick.
Sophomore John Deal added consecutive goals with assists by freshmen Conor White and Tucker Graves.
“We went down with some injuries at the end but we grinded it out,” Highland coach Reynolds Oare said. “We had some younger guys come out and step up to help us finish out strong.”
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