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Sports Roundup: All-District Field Hockey Team Named; Mason, Marshall, Stuart Football Squads Fall

McLean Volleyball Falls to Stone Bridge

On Friday, Oct. 17, the McLean High School girls volleyball team record slipped to 9-4 with a loss on Tuesday to perennial powerhouse Langley (9-25, 25-21, 23-25, 14-25) and a loss on Thursday to the Stone Bridge Bulldogs (18-25, 16-25, 25-18, 19-25).

Both Langley and Stone Bridge were ranked in the Top 10 coaches’ poll and have amassed impressive records. Though disappointed with the losses, Coach Steve Stotler felt McLean was competitive in both matches remarking, “I was impressed with the girl’s ability to bounce back after slow starts in both matches.” In both matches outside hitters Cat Davis and Alex Yensen led the attack amassing 44 kills supported by some key blocks and great hitting by senior middle hitter Lea Williams. McLean travels to Woodson on Monday, Oct. 20 and faces Thomas Jefferson at home for the final game of the regular season on Wednesday, Oct. 22.

McLean_volleyball3.jpgVolleyball News at McLean

The McLean High School volleyball team raised $2,318 for the Side-Out Foundation for breast cancer awareness and research at their Dig Pink match on Tuesday, Oct. 14. Although McLean lost the match to Langley, the team was proud of not only raising such a substantial sum but of hosting such a successful event. Virtually everyone in the stands was wearing pink including the 205 pink t-shirts which were sold by the team as part of the fundraiser. Katie Phelan decided that she wanted to try to organize a Dig Pink event after learning about the foundation which was started by a volleyball coach she knows. In addition to the t-shirt sale which raised over $1,000, the team sold baked goods and water at the “Back to School” night for McLean High School parents.

George Mason JV Volleyball Loses After Rally Against Strasburg

At their Thursday night match-up against Strasburg High School on Oct. 16, the George Mason High School girls Junior Varsity volleyball team won their first game in over four years. The Mason Mustangs, however still lost the match, winning only the second game. The score for the night was 25-9, 17-25 and 15-10. Strong plays came from eighth grade players Maddie Johnson and Yasmin Duarte as well as from freshman Rachel Bell. Next Tuesday, the Mustangs head to Madison County, with their last season game at home against Clarke County on Thursday, Oct. 23.

Local Schools All-District Field Hockey Awards

Last week, several members of the Falls Church High School Field Hockey team received All-District Honors. The honorees included Ana Moschopolous and Kiara Odorn for the first team, Michelle Engquist and Bethany Boveri for the second team, with honorable mentions for Hannah Wilkerson, Erin Stansel and Kim Sackie. McLean High School Field Hockey nominations included Olivia Applewhite, Caitlin Baker and Elisa Enriquez for first team, Johanna Morrison and Jamie Bell for second team, with honorable mentions to Casey Alexander and Sarah Park. Enriquez was also nominated for the second All-Region team.

Marshall Football Almost Clinches Game

In a close game, the Marshall High School Varsity football team lost its match-up 35-21 on Friday, Oct. 17 against the undefeated district powerhouse W.T. Woodson High School. Tying the score several times throughout the game, a series of touchdowns by the Woodson Cavaliers brought the tight game to an end.

JEB Stuart Falls to Washington-Lee

In a home game Friday night, the JEB Stuart Varsity football team lost 40-22 against Washington-Lee High School, which now aims to earn its first playoff berth since 1975. With strong plays from Washington-Lee seniors Charles Fuller and Keith Johnson, the Washington-Lee Generals kept JEB Stuart at bay until the third quarter, when Stuart junior Chris Ventura made a 4-yard run to bring Stuart within seven points of the Generals’ lead. Senior tailback Anthony Champ added two touchdowns for Stuart. Despite efforts, JEB Stuart lost the game, bringing its season to a 1-7 record.

Narrow Defeat for McLean at Homecoming

The McLean High School Highlanders Varsity football team remain winless this season, despite a close Friday night match-up for McLean’s Homecoming against the Thomas Jefferson High School Colonials that the Highlanders lost 28-23. During the second half, the Highlanders advanced to 23-14 until the last three minutes of game play, when the Colonials, led by Evan Burch and quarterback Ben Daly, charged the Highlanders, maintained a strong defense and carried their third victory of the season. The Colonials face the Stone Bridge High School Bulldogs for their final home game of the season.

Successful Week for Thomas Jefferson Field Hockey

On Oct. 13, 14 and 16, the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) Field Hockey team captured three consecutive games, ending their regular season with their 4-1 victory against Langley High School on Oct. 14, and winning the first round of the District playoffs with a 1-0 win over Marshall High School. Scorers for TJHSST were Toby Lowenstein during the Oct. 13 match against Chantilly High School; Emma Fuller, Bobbie Pelham-Webb, Lauren Wendlberger and Katy Williamson against Langley; and Pelham-Webb on Oct. 16.