Lady Cavs started regional play Tuesday
Lord Botetourt took all the honors last week at the Blue Ridge District Volleyball Tournament. Macey Tyree was named Blue Ridge Player of the Year, LB’s Cheryl Shockley was named Coach of the Year, and the Cavaliers won the tournament championship.
The next step is the regional, and the Cavaliers were set to play Turner Ashby in the Region III quarterfinals on Tuesday. The semifinals are Thursday at a site to be announced. It all depends on what happened Tuesday, and results were too late for publication.
“It’s scheduled for Wilson Memorial, but if a Southern Valley or a Massanutten District team aren’t in they’re going to move it closer to here,” said Shockley.
Fort Defiance was the only Southern Valley team remaining through Tuesday while Spotswood and Turner Ashby were still alive from the Massanutten. William Byrd was at Fort Defiance and E.C. Glass was at Spotswood while Turner Ashby came to Daleville.
The Cavaliers come into the regional with an overall record of 19-3 and a 15-match winning streak. The last team to beat them was James River on September 10.
“We try not to focus on what we’ve done, but what we need to do,” said Shockley. “The girls see it (the streak) in the paper, but it’s not in our conversation.”
The Cavs ran the streak to 15 with a 25-22, 25-2, 19-25, 25-21 win over Byrd in last week’s championship game at Staunton River. It was the first time in three meetings the Terriers took a game off LB.
“I felt like we didn’t play well,” said Shockley. “Our focus was off, and we’ve talked about that. We had to sit through five games while Staunton River and Northside played before us and our match didn’t start until quarter to nine, then it went until 10:30. That’s not an excuse, because we don’t believe in excuses, but there were some distractions. We have to learn to leave those distractions outside the gym.”
Tyree led LB with 30 kills and 24 digs. Leah Poehner had 15 digs while Katey Hall had eight kills and 10 digs. Keegan Brads had 46 assists, Kristyn Brogan had five kills, and Nikki Dean and Caroline Brown had four kills each.
“William Byrd played well,” said Shockley. “They were smart in feeding Samantha (Webster) the ball as much as they did.”
After the tournament, Tyree, a junior, was named Player of the Year and Shockley, in her first year at LB, was named Coach of the Year.
“Anyone who’s been to any district games realizes Macey is the best athlete in our district,” said Shockley.
Brads and Poehner were also named to the first team and Hall and Brogan were second team selections. After going undefeated Botetourt earned five spots among the 12.
If the Cavaliers can win the region they’ll be in line for a home game in the state quarterfinal.