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NHS ousts Lady Chargers from Tournament

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All-District performer Danielle Montgomery of MHS handles a Mathews serve in the Tidewater District Tournament.

The Middlesex High varsity volleyball team was eliminated in the first round of the Region A Tournament on Monday with a straight three-game loss to Northumberland, the Northern Neck District champions. The scores were 25-20, 25-12 and 25-21.

“This was such a disappointing loss,” said Lady Charger coach Jennifer Harrow. “We could have beat them. The girls really made some amazing plays, and pretty much dug up everything Northumberland’s big middle sent at them. 

“We just did not receive serves well and it killed us. Northumberland did not have strong serves, but we just didn’t move to or read the serves well,” said Harrow.

Kelsey Hainley and Danielle Montgomery, both of whom made first team All-Tidewater District and second team All Region A, played strong defensive games at Northumberland, said Harrow. “Kelsey made some great saves and covered blocks well. Danielle made a lot of smart offensive hits and tips at the net.”

Hainley also had 6 points (2 aces), 9 digs, 12 assists and a kill; while Montgomery had 4 points (2 aces), 10 digs and 11 kills.

Hayley Guess had 6 points (2 aces), 3 digs, 1 assist, 1 kill and 2 blocks ending in points.

Also for Middlesex, Ashley Figg, 5 points (1 ace), 3 digs, 10 assists; Jamie Davis, 4 points (1 ace), 6 digs, 5 kills; Chelsea Lewter, 3 points, 12 digs; Maggie Hall, 2 digs, 1 kill; Megan Payne, 2 digs, 2 kills, 3 blocks with 2 ending in points; Chelsi Blake, 1 ace, 3 digs, 2 kills, 1 block.

District Tournament
Middlesex earned a berth in the Region A Tournament by finishing second to undefeated and regular season champion Mathews in the Tidewater District Tournament on October 29.

Prior to that championship match, Middlesex defeated West Point 25-19, 25-23 and 25-21. “We won by being a solid team, but we didn’t play to our level,” said MHS Coach Harrow. “They were excited and wanted to win, but played more reserved than they have in the past.”

Hayley Guess delivered 12 points (5 aces), 1 dig, 1 kill and 2 blocks. Ashley Figg had 8 points (3 aces), 3 digs and 8 assists.

Also for Middlesex, Danielle Montgomery, 7 points (2 aces), 2 digs, 3 kills; Chelsea Lewter, 7 points (2 aces), 10 digs; Kelsey Hainley, 5 points (2 aces), 4 digs, 12 assists, 3 kills; Jamie Davis, 3 points (2 aces), 8 digs, 5 kills; Maggie Hall, 3 digs; Megan Payne; 2 digs, 1 kill; Ashae Burnett, 1 kill, 1 block for a point; and Chelsi Blake, 2 digs, 6 kills.

Middlesex lost to undefeated Mathews in the district finals 25-12, 25-16 and 25-12.

“We didn’t move well at all in that match,” said Harrow. “After playing West Point and knowing that they would be going to the first round of the regional tournament, I think my girls got a little too comfortable.

“Although, they wanted to win against Mathews, they played very timid and were afraid to make a mistake. Mathews is a beatable team, but our confidence just wasn’t there for the match,” said Harrow.
For Middlesex, A. Figg had 3 points (1 ace), 2 digs and 3 assists; Hall, 2 digs; Guess, 2 points, 3 kills; Hainley, 4 points (2 aces), 3 digs, 6 assists; Davis, 2 points, 6 digs, 2 kills; M. Payne, 1 kill, 1 block; Burnett, 1 kill, 1 block ending in a point; Lewter, 3 points (2 aces), 7 digs; L. Figg, 1 dig; Raquel Pierce, 1 dig, 1 block for a point; Caroline Davis, 1 dig, 1 assist, 1 kill; and Blake, 1 point, 2 digs, 4 kills.

A 12-9 season
The Lady Chargers finished third overall in the district’s regular season.

“This has been an awesome season,” said Coach Harrow, “and a great learning experience for me and for the many players that will be returning next year. 

“It is with sadness that I have to say goodbye to my seniors. I have worked with four of them for three years at the JV level and this year at the varsity level, and one of them came to me new this year. 

“I have watched them grow into great volleyball players and young adults over the years. I wish them much luck with their futures outside of Middlesex High, and I hope they each continue to play volleyball at one level or another,” continued Harrow. 

“As for those that will return to me, I am very excited about the next few years. I have such a young, strong and growing team. There is one junior, six sophomores and two freshmen that hopefully will return next year. Five of them have been starters for a large portion of this season,” said Harrow.

“If they continue to work throughout the year and out of season, they will be hard to beat next year and the year after,” she said.

All-District
Danielle Montgomery and Kelsey Hainley made first team All-Tidewater District, and second team All-Region A.

Other first team All-District selections include MVP Brooke Moughon of Mathews and her teammate Suzanne McLaughlin; Caitlyn Hodges of King William; and Trami Nguyen of West Point.

The second team All-District squad includes Chelsea Lewter of Middlesex; Courtney See of West Point; Lindsay Crigler, Beth Soles and Grace Shoemaker of Mathews; and Mariah Jezek of King William.
Middlesex team members making the All-Academic team for maintaining a 3.3 GPA or better are Ashae Burnett, Ashley Figg, Maggie Hall, Lauren Figg, Hayley Guess, Danielle Montgomery, Caroline Davis, Kelly Purcell, Raquel Pierce and Kelsey Hainley.

Freshmen players are not eligible for All-Academic until the end of the first semester.

posted 11.06.2008

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